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A French company now has exclusive worldwide rights to an apple with ties to Purdue.

Posted: Nov 22, 2017 3:19 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A French company now has exclusive worldwide rights to an apple with ties to Purdue.

The Juliet apple is known for its long storage life, shiny skin and a crisp texture.

It's the product of a breeding program involving Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois universities that began in 1945.

The Juliet apple is becoming popular for organic production because its resistance to apple scabs, which means they require fewer pesticides to grow.

Purdue has helped name and license 18 varieties of apples including Gold-Rush, Pixie Crunch, and Crimson Crisp.

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