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Honeygold apple

Hardy substitute for Golden Delicious developed especially for cold northern areas. Golden Delicious flavor, Haralson hardiness. Medium to large golden to greenish fruit with very smooth finish and reddish bronze blush. Flavor is sweeter and more bland than Golden Delicious. High quality. Superior storage qualities.

USDA identification images for Honeygold

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.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 13 Oct 2019  WISCONSIN, United States
      Has anyone had their Honey Gold hat lots of black spots? The fruit is still delicious and not marred. This is the first year our tree produced fruit
    • 15 Sep 2019  BC, Canada
      Growing these as tall-spindle in my backyard. Very large apples, nice golden colour with a rosy blush. Great balance of sweet and tart! The trees have high yields. Very happy with this variety. A great, medium crisp, fresh eating variety. Mine are ready second-third week of September
    • 07 Sep 2013  WI, United States
      We planted a Honeygold tree at least 15 years ago. This year the crop is abundant; I am so looking forward to them ripening! The apple is crisp, tart/sweet, intense flavor. I go through the rest of the year with Galas; I'm going to try to keep enough of my own apples this year to last until Christmas!
    • 06 Oct 2011  WISCONSIN, United States
      I agree....the flavor is anything but bland. The tree we pick from carried a very light crop this year. Myexperience with G-Delish is the supermarket cardboard/mush apple. I have never had one fresh from the tree. I can tell you that the Honeygold is a hardy tree. The apples have a great crunch, lots of juice and have a balancing acidity from the Haralson. This is certainly not a bland apple!
    • 03 Oct 2011  MICHIGAN, United States
      Peter S., Commerce Twp., MI I grow this variety, and while the fruits I have harvested have been few the flavor is exceptional. I have seen other reviews that have said this variety is 'bland' compared to it's parent, Golden Delicious, and I think just the opposite. The flavor of the honeygold is sweeter and more complex (keep in mind, I have only tried 'supermarket' Goldens). The skin on fruit on my tree tends to be damaged (split and punctured) by harvest time, but the imperfections don't bother me because the taste is sooooo fine.

    Tree register

    United States


    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 20th May  2018  - tree owned by Kurt in Ladysmith, United States
    • 19th May  2018  - tree owned by Kurt in Ladysmith, United States

    2017 season

    • 17th May  2017  - tree owned by Kurt in Ladysmith, United States

    2016 season

    • May  2016  - tree owned by Mona in Aberdeen, United States
    • 22nd April  2016  - tree owned by Brian in Jackson, United States

    2014 season

    • 20th May  2014  - tree owned by Mike in Westfield, United States

    2013 season

    • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Mike in Westfield, United States

    2012 season

    • 20th April  2012  - tree owned by Chuck in Worthington, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 2nd week October  2018  - tree owned by Beth in POCATELLO, United States

    2017 season

    • 1st week October  2017  - tree owned by Kurt in Ladysmith, United States

    2016 season

    • 3rd week September  2016  - tree owned by Mona in Aberdeen, United States

    2015 season

    • 2nd week August  2015  - tree owned by Britt in Saint Joseph, United States

    2011 season

    • 1st week October  2011  - tree owned by Peter in Commerce Twp., United States


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: Golden Delicious x Haralson
    • Originates from: United States
    • Introduced: 1935
    • Developed by: Minnesota Horticultural Research Center
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1976-002


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
    • Developer: University of Minnesota


    • Picking season: Very late


    • Flowering group: 3

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Honeygold:

    United States



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