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Damascene

The white grape variety originates from the Mediterranean region (Italy or Spain). Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Farana, Faranah, Farranah (Algeria); Valencí(Argentina); Farana (Australia); Espagnol, Majorquen, Majorquin, Mayorcain, Mayorcain Blanc, Mayorkin, Mayorquen, Mayorquen Blanc, Mayorquin, Mayorquin Blanc (France); Damaschena, Damaschina (Italy); Alicante Branco, Boal Cachudo, Boal de Alicante (Portugal); Monstruosa, Planta Angort, Planta Augort, Planta Fina (2nd. Main name), Planta Fina de Pedralba, Planta Pedralba (Spain); Beldi (Tunisia). Despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological similarities, it should not be confused with the Trebbiano Toscano or Verdejo varieties. According to several DNA analyses and the most recent in 2018, the variety is one of the many direct descendants of the lead variety Hebén; the second parent is unknown. Damaschino was a crossing partner of the new variety Palestina under the name Mayorquin, as well as a parent in the variety Santa Magdalena, presumably created by natural crossing.

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