Blushing Golden


Why you should be excited

Blushing Golden is a big improvement over generic Golden Delicious: firm, tangy and delicious.

The story of Blushing Golden

You’d blush too if you received as many gushing complements as this fine apple, which takes the tired old Golden Delicious and then improves it in almost every way.

Start with a pleasant orangey-pink blush on its yellow background, then add a full, rich flavour that actually improves after time in storage. Firm and tangy, able to last through the winter if you keep it chilled, this is one fine apple.

Patricia Bynum tells us that Blushing Golden is the absolute best choice for dehydrating then reconstituting to make a winter apple pie. She says this variety has “the strongest apple taste I have found for dehydrated apples.”

Blushing Golden tends to be fairly large and has so much going for it that you’ll find it hard to go back to generic grocery store fruit. We suggest that you just don't do it.

Blushing Golden Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Coben, Illinois, USA, 1959.

Flavour, aroma, texture

A firm, juicy, tangy apple with full, rich, subacid flavour that develops and improves while the fruit is in storage.


Attractive, with a yellow background about half covered with orange-pink blush.

When they’re available

Late season (usually mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Very good.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for use in cider, although its high-quality juice could be an interesting addition to blends.

Keeping ability

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).