Discovered on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California in the 1890s as a seedling apple tree, it was thought to be a remnant of the minerís movements during the earlier days of the California Gold Rush. In the 1920s this apple emerged again in the foothills of the Sierras near Chico, California and was carried for a time by a number of regional nurseries but again disappeared. The Gowan family officially rediscovered it in their Anderson Valley, California commercial orchard in 1980. Large, handsome apple with thin green and yellow skin, striped or blushed red. Juicy, very crisp, rich, tart, sprightly flavor. A good seller in farm markets and an excellent keeper. The tree is compact.
USDA Zone: 6,7,8,9
Fruit Storage: Excellent
Mature Size: Medium
Ripens: Very Late
Uses: Fresh eating/ dessert, cooking (puree, applesauce, apple butter), baking
Size when shipped: 5/8 to 3/4 inch caliper (width around trunk)
Height prior to shipment: 5 to 6 ft.
Shape when shipped: Feathered (prominent side branching)
Certified Organic Trees are shipped bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through mid-April depending on USDA zone.