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Romulus

The white grape variety is an interspecific new variety between Thompson Seedless (Sultana) x Ontario according to DNA analyses published in 2008. Synonyms or breeding numbers are New York 15291 and Romulus Seedless. Genes from Vitis labrusca and Vitis vinifera are included. The hybrid named after a city was crossed in 1928 at the Vine Breeding Institute of Cornell University in Geneva (New York) by the breeder A. B. Stout. Incidentally, the same parents also produced the new variety Himrod. The very early ripening and vigorous variety is resistant to frost and both types of powdery mildew. The large grapes have seedless berries with a strawberry aroma (Foxton). It is mainly grown as table grape in Canada and in the eastern USA (e.g. New York State). It is also cultivated in small quantities on one hectare in Moldova. In 2016, however, only the Moldovan stand was reported (Kym Anderson).

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