Jonagold Apple

Malus domestica Borkh

‘Golden Delicious’ x ‘Jonathan’

Jonagold is a cross between the crisp golden delicious and the blush-crimson Jonathan. It was developed by New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, United States
in 1953.

Surprisingly, it’s more popular in Europe than in the United States, where it was developed.

The fruit is large with a thin skin. It’s popular with commercial growers.

Colour: Jonagold’s colour is variable, but at its best it is a stunning combination of its parents, the rich, red Jonathan, and Golden Delicious. (Golden-red). It can also be fully red or have a green yellow base colour. It has over seventy different strains, each which vary slightly in colour, size and taste.

Flavour: It has a unique honey sweet flavour with a hint of tartness.

Flesh: the flesh is crispy, juicy and creamy yellow

Aroma: is similar to that of Golden Delicious.

Culinary Use of Jonagold Apples

Jonagold Apple

It’s a good all-purpose apple that is excellent for eating, salads, sauces and baking.

It is delicious in pies, tarts, muffins, cakes and is a perfect addition to salads. It makes excellent apple sauce.

It can be paired with cheese in a sandwich or used as a topping in pizza. Its gold-red or fully red colour makes it an excellent addition to a cheeseboard.

Jonagold also makes great fried apples. Simply sauté in a little butter and add a touch of cinnamon. No sugar needed.

Its exceptional juiciness and flavour make it well-regarded for both fresh and hard cider.

Availability of Jonagold Apples

Jonagold apple is available, October through May. it has a long shelf life and will still taste better than other apple varieties as late as May the following year.

Storage of Jonagold Apples

To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator crisper. Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F (-2ºC).

How to Buy Jonagold Apples

A Good-quality Jonagold apple should be firm with a smooth and clean skin. The colouring is bright red over gold but can also be fully red or green.

The apple should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light. Avoid apples with soft or dark spots.

If the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool.

Apple Varieties

There are almost seven thousand five hundred cultivated varieties of apples worldwide and the USA alone, has two thousand five hundred. (The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition)


  1. The New York Apple Association.
  2. Produce Oasis.
  3. Speciality Produce. Last Updated: February 25, 2019

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