Jonagold apples were first developed in New York in 1943. In 1953 the variety was selected for further commercial testing and finally in 1968 they were introduced to the public. This variety is a natural cross between a Jonathan apple and the Golden Delicious apple. They require mildly cold growing conditions so they thrive in our orchards located in Wenatchee and Yakima, Washington.
Flavor and Appearance
Jonagold apples tend to be larger and vary from being green-gold with red stripes, to rosy orange, depending on the lineage and climate they are grown in. Their flavor profile is moderately acidic and they have a creamy pale-yellow flesh and a uniquely tangy flavor. This crisp, juicy apple inherited its parents’ best qualities– claiming its sweet-tart flavor from the Jonathan apple and its aromatic honey like scent from the Golden Delicious apple.
Jonagolds are known as the dessert apple. They are a great choice for baking into pies, tarts, muffins, and cakes. You can even bake Jonagolds by partially peeling, filling them with a combination of coconut, apricots, and orange zest, pouring a mixture of orange juice and brown sugar over them, and microwaving them for about seven minutes
The same moderate sweetness that allows this apple to be paired with such sweet flavors also gives them the ability to be paired with more savory applications, like Italian-style sausage, bacon, ham and other pork products. You can sautée slices of Jonagold apples and serve alongside pork and root vegetables or create a mouthwatering stuffing mix to accompany your holiday turkey. What we are trying to say is that these apples are
The flavors of the Jonagold apple pair nicely with white wine - so top off your meal with a glass of your favorite Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or Chardonnay!
You can toss apple slices in citrus juice, apple juice, or acidulated water to reduce oxidation, or browning.
Jonagold apples, like most apples, are extremely healthy. They are cholesterol-free and contain a small amount of vitamins A and C, and the beneficial fiber, pectin––which is known to reduce the body's cholesterol level and slow glucose metabolism in diabetics. Apples also contain nutrients that may reduce the chances of a stroke as well as ones that build bones and to increase mental vitality.