A modern store-bought Golden Delicious can have absolutely no redeeming features, but a tree-ripened Gibson Golden Delicious apple reminds you why the Golden Delicious variety is considered by many to be one of the best tasting apple in existence. The Gibson strain has a smooth skin that is not as prone to russeting as the original strain.
Type: table fruit, cooking
Pedigree: parentage is possibly Grimes Golden, discovered in West Virginia in the 1890s, released by Stark Brothers in 1914. The Gibson strain was discovered in 1958 and commercialized in 1967.
Flowering group: 4
Pollination: partially self-fertile
Ciders made with this apple
Used as a base for blending.
Why we planted it: We planted it primarily as a pollinator for other apples, for our own use, to sell at our local farmers market.
Stray Arrow Ranch trees
2012: 1 planted, B9 rootstock
Field and tasting notes
2015: One of only five varieties to fruit after an extraordinarily warm winter followed by a deep freeze in early spring. It placed first at the 2015 Stray Arrow apple tasting.