Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Golden Delicious

 One of our old apple trees is a Golden Delicious, planted by my maternal grandfather back in the late 1940's.  I was quite intrigued to read that this apple tree has 57,000 genes,  which is the highest number of genes recorded in the plants mapped to date. 

The Golden Delicious hails from Mullins Farm in Clay County, West Virginia, USA where it was unintentionally bred.  It is probably a cross between a Grimes Golden and a Golden Reinette.   Stark Brother's Nurseries obtained the rights to the tree and first marketed it in 1914.

In our orchard it's a small tree and not the most prolific but every year it produces a yield of medium sized, crisp, sweet, all purpose apples which are good to eat or use in a favourite treat such as apple crumble or apple shortcake. 

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