Mollie’s Delicious Apple Tree Overview
The Mollie’s Delicious apple tree is favored by apple tree growers not only because it grows well in places with mild winters (Southern United States for example), but also because it ripens early, almost a full month before other varieties! When the fruits are ripe, they are perfect for cooking, making applesauce, jellies, and pies. If you bite into them you’ll taste the well balanced sweet-tart, aromatic flavor, subtly acidic flavor which is what makes these apples so unique. In fact, G.W. Schneider developed this apple variety at the Rutgers University’s New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1948. He combined the flower from Golden Delicious x Edgewood with the pollen from Red Gravenstein x Close. Then in 1966, they introduced this apple tree to the world! Since Mollie’s Delicious had Golden Delicious ancestry, they named part of it, Delicious. Whereas the first part of the name, they named after the wife of a former Rutgers student, Mollie Whatley, who fell in love with the flavor and consistency of this variety.
Just like any other apple tree, the Mollie’s Delicious apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well drained soil. Additionally, it will start bearing fruit after six years and is moderately vigorous and upright spreading. Once they are ready early in the season, you can pick them and eat them fresh or start cooking with them! In fact they are especially good when paired with cheddar, brie, camembert, and gruyere in addition to other fruits. If there are too many to enjoy at once, you can store them for up to one month in cold storage.
- Uses: Eating fresh, jellies, applesauce, baking
- Taste: Juicy, sweet-tart, aromatic, subtly acidic
- Size: Large – very large, angular
- Color: Red blush over a yellow base
- Hardiness Zones: 5-8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – Susceptible
- Fireblight – Somewhat susceptible
- Cedar apple rust – Very resistant
- Harvest period: late August, early season
- Flowering Group: 5
- Cross Pollinates with: Binet Rouge, Ginger Gold, Northern Spy, to name a few.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous, upright spreading and bears fruit on spurs. Since it bears heavy crops biennially, it will need to be thinned. It will usually be fully productive after six years old.
- Storage: You can store the apples for up to one month without them losing their flavor.