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Cheerfull GoldTM apple

Cheerfull GoldTM is a new English apple variety being released by developers Nuvar, and previously known as NC1.

Unlike most new varieties, it was developed the old fashioned way, and is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin pollinated by Golden Delicious.  This is a popular combination with apple growers, and has led to some excellent varieties such as Freyberg and Rubinette.

In the case of Cheefull Gold it is quite hard to detect either its Cox or Golden Delicious pedigree, although there is no doubting it is a high quality apple.  The flavour is well-balanced between sweet and sharp, with an attractive tanginess.  There is little hint of the complexity of flavours associated with Cox, but that is not necessarily a bad thing.  The flesh benefits from being more crisp than Cox, and more like Golden Delicious, which is likely to appeal to a wider range of consumers, but it does not snap as cleanly as Golden Delicious.  

Cheefull Gold is being promoted as a Cox-style variety for the English market, and thanks to its Golden Delicious heritage, has been found to have much better storage potential.

It is a good variety for attracting deer as the apples stay on the tree into winter.

USDA identification images for Cheerfull Gold

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Cox x Golden Delicious
    • Originates from: Kent, England, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1979
    • Developed by: Nuvar


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Fruit colour: Red


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Food uses: Eating fresh


    • Flowering group: 4
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Slightly large
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Fruit bearing: Tip-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Cheerfull Gold apple trees for sale:

    • Keepers Nursery
      United Kingdom  More >>

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.

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