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Mollie's Delicious apple

A very good to excellent early apple ripening. Fruits are large to very large, conical in shape with a pinkish red color. Has an exceptionally pleasing aftertaste. This quality can be maintained in storage for at least 10 weeks under refrigeration.

USDA identification images for Mollie's Delicious

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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    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 03 Sep 2018  MA, United States
      Crisp and juicy early harvest (September 1,2018 in Massachusetts USDA zone 6A). Flavor like Yellow Delicious, but crisper and a little more acid/complex.
    • 17 Oct 2014  MICHIGAN, United States
      when picked at the correct time these apples are delicious they're a favorite of the employees at Nyes Apple Barn in St. Joseph, MI
    • 25 Sep 2014  TX, United States
      This is one of the few apple trees that will bear fruit this far south. We are right on the edge of 8a and 8b zones. The tree is shaded part of the day by a house to the east and a Bradford pear to the west. It takes quite a while into September to get a blush if at all. Even though they stay pretty green, they taste nice. I prefer Red Delicious from the store, but those for sure will not bear this far south. Nice tree that does not need a neighbor. Probably will plant a neighbor anyway since I really like the tree. First year of producing (2nd year after planting?) got maybe 6 apples about the size of golf balls from a 10 ft tree. Now the 3rd year of producing and getting nice sized apples when the critters don't get there first. Hoping for a really nice crop from a 15 ft tree next year. Only got a dozen this year, but tasty and medium size.
    • 09 Aug 2013  SW OHIO, United States
      I just had some of these from a local fruit farm. Either these were picked early or they are just naturally a starchy apple. I was very disappointed. Not very sweet (light sweetness) and fairly juicy. I was considering one of the Molly's Delicious as one of the fruit trees I was going to plant. I wanted an early apple that was not soft and mushy to eat. This is not soft and mushy but not very flavorful.
    • 02 Sep 2012  JAMMU AND KASHMIR, India
      In our region amongst early maturing this is gaining market Medium size apple of this is excellenrt, juicy sub acidic ya its large size apples is aproblem
    • 30 Aug 2012  OHIO, United States
      I tried this in Aug 2012 at a local upick. It was sweet, but not superb. I also tried a zestar that day and preferred the complexity of the zestar to the mollie.

    Tree register

    United States



    • Arwadoo in Srinagar, JAMMU AND KASHMIR

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2012 season

    • 11th April  2012  - tree owned by Arwadoo in Srinagar, India

    2011 season

    • 23rd April  2011  - tree owned by Arwadoo in Srinagar, India
    • 27th March  2011  - tree owned by wrussellayres@Yahoo.Com in Fort Valley, United States

    2010 season

    2009 season

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2017 season

    • 1st week October  2017  - tree owned by Carolyn in Franksville, United States

    2016 season

    • 4th week October  2016  - tree owned by Lcooper in Coquille, United States

    2011 season

    2010 season

    2009 season


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Parentage: (Golden Delicious / Gravenstein) x (Edgewood / Close). Not a sport of Delicious.
    • Originates from: United States
    • Introduced: 1948
    • Developed by: G.W. Schneider, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1971-051


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949


    • Picking season: Early


    • Flowering group: 5

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Mollie's Delicious:

    United States



    • Cedar-Apple Rust  
      Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
      Rated as very resistant - no control needed against CAR.

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