Raised in 1943 at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, a cross between Golden Delicious and Jonathan. Fruited in 1953 and introduced in 1968. Now an important commercial variety. RHS Award of Merit in 1987. There are numerous sports all of which are variations on the original Jonagold.
Some of the sports only mention a flush, others are more highly coloured. A full list can be found in The New Book of Apples.
Medium to large size. Round/conical, some fruits can be oblong/conical. Flattened at base and apex. There are numerous sports all of which are variations on the original Jonagold.
Basic colour bright yellow with spotty red flush, many short, broken stripes,
Lenticels small but noticeable. The surface characteristically feels hammered and bumpy.
The Jonagold in my garden has noticeable stripes but the one in Mary’s garden has only a flush!
Cavity wide, deep and russeted.
Stalk long and curves to one side.
Basin deep, fairly wide and ribbed.
Eye small, part open.
Sepals erect and convergent, small.
Flesh crisp and juicy, very rich, good flavour. Creamy white
Tube cone, Stamens basal, Core axile
Tree triploid, vigorous and wide spreading
Flowering one day after Cox’s Orange Pippin
Season : November to early March.