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Chieftain apple


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.


Chieftain identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 09 Dec 2020  Neil,  WA, United States
    I am a backyard grower. I have 5 different trees with a Chieftain being one of them. I planted my Chieftain tree several years ago and have good fully developed fruit two years now. Both years the apples have been very firm and sort of dry. I have eaten them through the harvesting season. I am going to replace this tree this spring with a different variety. My other trees are Pixie Crunch (love x2), Honey Crisp (love), Gold Rush (sort of love), Mutsu/Crispin (Love), Chieftain (don't love, replacing with Rubinette).
  • 21 Feb 2020  Jennifer,  MINNESOTA, United States
    Could anyone please comment on the season of this apple? When is it ripe for you? I have one but it hasn't fruited yet.
  • 01 Nov 2019  Gretchen,  WI, United States
    One of our favorite apples. Too bad they're so hard to find. The reviewer who says they're mealy likely had over-ripe ones. They do get mealy when over-ripened. If picked at the right time they're very crisp and juicy. These apples are great for cooking and baking.
  • 20 Oct 2019  Nathan Grosse,  WISCONSIN, United States
    Gorgeous, deep red skin and pale, creamy flesh. Extremely firm with a slightly mealy texture. The flavor is tart at first but quickly mellows out. I have not cooked with this variety, but with its firmness, I would imagine it holds up to heat very well.
  • 19 Nov 2018  Cindy,  MN, United States
    As Orchard owners, this is one of our favorite varieties. The fruit is sweet, crisp and beautiful with deep red skin and beautiful white flesh. Perfect choice for Waldorf Salad. It is hearty and can withstand colder temperatures than most varieties.
  • 19 Nov 2018  Cindy,  MN, United States
    As Orchard owners, this is one of our favorite varieties. The fruit is sweet, crisp and beautiful with deep red skin and beautiful white flesh. Perfect choice for Waldorf Salad. It is hearty and can withstand colder temperatures than most varieties.
  • 17 Jul 2011  Don,  IA WOODBURY, United States
    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 !

Tree register

United States

Spring blossom records for this variety

2020 season

  • 13th April  2020  - tree owned by Steven in Turney, United States

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Origins

  • 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

Using

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

Growing

  • 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

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


Diseases

  • Scab  - Some resistance
  • Fireblight  - Some resistance


Where to buy fresh fruit

United States





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