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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
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Visitor reviews

  • 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 !

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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

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