Jubilee is a relatively obscure apple, yet very interesting because it unites two of the great apple families, McIntosh and Grimes Golden / Golden Delicious. It is grown commercially on a small scale in France and Canada.
Most apples where McIntosh is one of the parents have the distinctive bright white flesh and deep crimson red skin which is so characteristic of McIntosh. Jubilee is unusual in that whilst it resembles McIntosh in shape and size, there is a clear resemblance to its other parent, Grimes Golden (itself a parent of Golden Delicious).
When freshly picked Jubilee is crisp with a well-balanced flavour, but the crispness is lost in storage and the flavour decays, very much like other McIntosh apples.
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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