The Jonagold apple gets its name from its heritage – a cross between a Jonathan & Golden Delicious. It debuted in 1968, a product of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station. Touted as a dessert variety, they are surprisingly more popular in Europe than America, where they are sometimes outshined by the Honeycrisp. The Jonagold, however, should not be overlooked. It has a yellow-green base skin color and a red-orange blush , and makes an excellent apple sauce, is delicious in pies, and can be a perfect addition to a fall salad.
Jonagold Apples Availability
Jonagold apples are typically harvested in September and are best enjoyed within a few months as they tend to lose some of their firmness with extended cold storage.
Jonagold Apples Taste & Ripeness
Jonagold apples offer a unique honey-tart flavor, and crispy, juicy nearly yellow flesh. It has a sprightly, juicy flavor like Jonathon and a sweetness and aroma similar to that of Golden Delicious. Good-quality Jonagold apples will be firm with smooth and clean skin. The coloring is bright red over gold.