Chieftain Apple

October 20th, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you smile at the thought of the first day of school, pencils, brisk windy days, and leaves falling, then this is the fruit for you!

APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★½☆

Striped rusty red and gold, pale yellow flesh. Rustic looking, like it just fell right off the tree.

AROMA Rating: ★★★½☆

Slightly sweet herbal smell

TEXTURE Rating: ★★★★½

Crunchy, great snap, good juice – ideal apple texture

TASTE Rating: ★★★★½

Sweet with a slightly spicy taste

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

This is what a red delicious apple should be, but isn’t — perfect, spicy sweetness, snappy bite with ideal juiciness. This is what Fall is all about.










Gopher Glen
San Luis Obispo, CA


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The Chieftain is a cross between a Jonathan apple and a Red Delicious. .


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  • Alice Q. Foodie Oct 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Never heard of that, but it sure is purdy!

  • Cindy Nov 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    I grew up on an apple orchard and my family is still running the orchard to this day. I’m really, really picky about apples. Chieftan is, hands-down, my favorite apple. Not sure why your Chieftan looked the way it did, though. It is usually a strikingly beautiful apple. Normally a deep red color with almost no yellow at all. I would describe the flesh as white rather than yellow. I wonder if the California climate changes some of the characteristics of this apple?

  • Jody Mar 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    We had a Chieftan Apple Tree when we lived in Waterloo, Iowa. It was the best apple tree. Every fall I would bring bushels of apples to my mother-in-law’s home and we would would freeze dozens and dozens of apple pies. Chieftan was and is the best apple for eating and baking. I wish I had another Chieftan Apple Tree.

  • Fruit Maven May 19, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    @Cindy – not sure. i bought them at Whole Foods and to be honest, I don’t always trust that they don’t have their varieties mixed up. Sometimes they are all lumped together. So who knows. It was delicious though!
    @Jody – I would love to have a friend with an Apple Tree who bring me bushels and leave me with frozen pies. YUM.

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