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Chieftain apple

Last updated 31 Dec 2013.

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17 Jul 2011 
While I agree in general with the listed traits expressed on this web, I would like to add some more. The Chieftan, while round, has a firm snappy skin, or crispy which ever you prefer. The interior is of a thick very tangy, sweet and crunchy apple to eat. They are great if you have good teeth but to take a bite you need good teeth to snap off a chunk to chew. Either that or use a paring knife for slices. I have made pie, apple crisp and some other food stuffs with these apples and absolutely love them. They make maybe the best apple crisp and apple pies that you have ever tasted. Just cut way back on the sugar as they are naturally quite sweet and you really do not want to drown out the tartness. Try them this way and I bet you will be the rave. There are apple orchards that grow these yearly south of me about 75 miles in Mondamin, Iowa along I-29. Splendid apple. Enjoy !

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Fruits are medium in size, round, and bright red. Flesh firm, juicy, white. Flavor subacid, milder than Jonathan but more sprightly than Delicious. Dual purpose, high quality. Keeps well.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Jonathan x Delicious
  • Originates from: Ames, Iowa, United States
  • Introduced: 1917
  • Developed by: Iowa State University
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1655
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1974-053


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Attractive features: Attractive blossom
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949


  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some resistance

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