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.

FRUIT

Apple

VARIETY

Chieftain

PEAK

September

ORIGIN

Iowa

GROWN

Gopher Glen
San Luis Obispo, CA

PURCHASED

Grocery Store

NOTES

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

4 Comments

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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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