Hawkeyes and Yellow Delicious


#1

There where so many positive comments about Hawkeyes in the thread Death of Red Delicious: Premium 'Club' Apples Are Taking Over . I thought I would ask about peoples experience with the original Yellow Delicious. Does anyone grow the original tree how is it different from all the sports?


#2

Alan has mentioned several times having multiple old trees he manages and that the older strains of gd are much better fruit…apparently most or all grocery fruit is low-russet sports of the original and inferior in all ways non-cosmetic


#3

Yellow Delicious properly tree-ripened is a good apple. I think folks here have talked up Hooples Antique Gold (a GD sport). I’m a fan of Smoothee grown here in IA, which is a sport that is supposed to be highly russet-resistant. I believe it often goes by Improved GD, because apparently the name is trademarked, but by who, I don’t know.


#4

I have Mullins, the original Yellow D. It has not fruited yet.


#5

Where did you acquire your Mullins Yellow Seedling? I have a Yellow Delicious from a tree that was said to be from the late 1800’s, which should fit closely with the original Golden Delicious’ birth. If it is or isn’t, only time will tell. I have a Golden Delicious that I purchased from Gurneys a few years back. Looking forward to comparing the 2.


#6

My Mullins came from a old local orchard. They let me collect scion in exchange for working a day. They had an impressive collection of apples. It was especially impressive because they were planted before the internet. I have 3 or 4 sports of Golden D. Delicious is not the most exotic thing you can grow but, they tree ripened fruit is hard to beat.


#7

Yellow Delicious is probably one of my most asked about varieties. It’s hard to tell people that they should try something they’ve never heard of versus a great apple they grew up with. My father always loved Yellow Delicious, so I tracked it down for him.