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Dorsett Golden apple


Dorsett Golden was raised by Mrs Dorsett in The Bahamas in the 1950s.  It is one of a very small group of apple varieties that can flourish in tropical climates, because of its exceptionally low chilling requirement of less than 300 hours.  Researchers at the University of Florida have even observed Dorsett Golden growing as an evergreen, i.e. with no dormant period although it does not fruit properly when this happens.

Dorsett Golden flowers in southern Calfornia in January and late February in Florida, far ahead of most varieties, so pollination is a potential issue.  It is often paired with another low-chill variety, Anna which is also descended from Golden Delicious. However note that the flowering times may not overlap in all areas - Anna usually flowers earlier. 

The apples ripen late June / early July in southern California.  Like most early season varieties the apples do not keep, however the flesh is lightly crisp and with a good flavor - far better than might be expected from an early season hot climate apple.  Flavor is apparently better in apples which are slightly shaded (the reverse of what is normally recommended for cool climate apples).

Dorsett Golden trees are extremely precocious and will start fruiting in their second year.

Whilst there is no disputing that this variety was raised in The Bahamas as a chance seedling, some authorities have questioned whether it is a seedling of Golden Delicious, suggesting it may instead be from an Israeli breeding programme at the Ein Shemer kibbutz.  However that programme also featured Golden Delicious, so the obvious similarity with Golden Delicious is probably explained by a close relationship either as a parent or grandparent.

We are grateful to Kevin Hauser for information and photos of this variety.



Dorsett Golden identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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  • Dorsett Golden
    Copyright: Kevin Hauser

  • Anna (left) and Dorsett Golden (right)
    Copyright: Kevin Hauser

  • Dorsett Golden tree in southern California, fruiting in early July
    Copyright: Kevin Hauser

  • Dorsett Golden showing typical heavy blossom
    Copyright: Kevin Hauser

Visitor reviews

  • 14 Jun 2015  Barbara,  AZ, United States
    Nice and sweet with a bit of tart if picked while still a bit green. Mine look much more like Golden Delicious than the photos. Very short shelf life.
  • 19 Feb 2015  Jackie,  FLORIDA, United States
    My dorsett apple tree is full of blooms never had an apple tree in pot any typos going to freeze tonight have no clue what to do and how long after blooms will there be furit
  • 19 Feb 2015  Jackie,  FLORIDA, United States
    My dorsett apple tree is full of blooms never had an apple tree in pot any typos going to freeze tonight have no clue what to do and how long after blooms will there be furit

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Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • February  2018  - tree owned by Mark in Tujunga, United States

2015 season

  • 15th February  2015  - tree owned by Cr in Marana, United States

2014 season

  • 1st February  2014  - tree owned by Dave in Santa Barbara, United States
  • February  2014  - tree owned by Cr in Marana, United States
  • 20th January  2014  - tree owned by Danny in Phoenix, United States

2013 season

  • 15th October  2013  - tree owned by Don in Corona, United States
  • 15th April  2013  - tree owned by Jim in Austin, United States

2012 season

  • 28th January  2012  - tree owned by Avary in La Mesa, United States

2011 season

  • March  2011  - tree owned by Randy in Baxley, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 1st week July  2018  - tree owned by Mark in Tujunga, United States

2013 season

  • 1st week July  2013  - tree owned by Dave in Santa Barbara, United States
  • 4th week June  2013  - tree owned by Jim in Surprise, United States
  • 3rd week June  2013  - tree owned by Jim in Austin, United States

2011 season

  • 2nd week June  2011  - tree owned by Randy in Baxley, United States

2010 season

  • 3rd week June  2010  - tree owned by Randy in Baxley, United States

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Probably a seedling of Golden Delicious
  • Originates from: Nassau, New Providence Island, Bahamas
  • Introduced: 1954
  • Developed by: Mrs Dorsett
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1592
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1969-036

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1-3 days

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Very early season
  • Flowering group: 0 Flowers exceptionally early - January in southern California, usually grown alongside Anna.
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Chilling: Low-chill Fruits readily with 300 hours or less.

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

  • Golden Delicious (parent) - Golden Delicious is probably the parent, or possibly grand-parent of Dorsett Golden.

See also:

  • Anna - Anna and Dorsett Golden are natural partners, being the only varieties which flower so early in the season.


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