Otava is a modern apple variety bred by the Institute of Experimental Botany in the Czech Republic from a cross between Šampion (Champion) and Jolana. It is one of a series of varieties bred by the Institute for resistance to scab.
Otava is a medium sized, slightly ribbed flat round apple. It has a very attractive appearance with bright yellow skin and a pink blush where it catches the sun. The flesh is cream to yellow, firm and juicy with a tangy sharp taste. It ripens late and keeps very well. The tree has a compact habit and spurs freely. It is a heavy cropper which requires thinning in some years to avoid developing a biennial habit. It has very good scab resistance and some resistance to powdery mildew.
Overall Otava is an excellent garden variety particularly for those who prefer sharper flavoured apples. Its compact habit makes it particularly good for small gardens.