A tree found in a private residence at Atimatim Taaboum in the Ashanti region has been confirmed to be an apple tree.
The tree which has numerous branches with few fruits after two years of planting has been confirmed by Scientists at the Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to be an apple tree.
Plant physiologist and Principal Research Scientist at CSIR-CRI, Professor Beloved Mensah Dzomeku said there is nothing doubtful about the tree.
According to him, he has studied apple trees in Germany and that, “Indeed, it is an apple.”
The grower, Edward Akwasi Fosu who lives in Belgium is reported to have first conducted a trial for the growth of the tree in the country.
He is said to have collected soil samples from different regions including both temperate and tropics of the world including Ghana to germinate the apple seeds.
It took 4 days for the seeds to germinate in Ghanaian soil when in other jurisdictions, germination occurred in a minimum of 10 days.
In 2016, 10 seedlings were brought into the country and planted in a house at Atimatim-Taaboum.
“It started fruiting after two years,” Kwaku Asumadu who is a brother of the grower and staff at CSIR-Forest Research Institute said.
Mr. Asumadu says that all the plants except one were cut down after three years into the experiment due to lack of space in the house.
He added that the plant was subjected to various treatments over the years. The final treatment was scheduled for March 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his brother could not fly back home.