Why you should be excited
Chehalis is almost certainly a seedling of Golden Delicious and it’s a lot like its parent, only better.
The story of Chehalis
For an apple that takes so much flak, Golden Delicious sure is related to an awful lot of highly-respected newer varieties.
Consider Chehalis, for example, a variety that appeared by chance in Washington State, just a few hundred kilometres away from our Salt Spring Island orchard.
Likely a seedling of Golden Delicious, this is a very nice apple. Like Golden Delicious, it’s sweet in flavour and yellow-green in skin colour.
The characteristics setting it apart from its probable parent are positive ones: it’s larger, more elongated and – perhaps most important – it’s crisper.
It also tends to have a pretty pink blush on the side of the apple that gets the most sun.
Discovered in Oakville, Washington, USA, 1955.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp, cream-coloured flesh is sweet and slightly honeyed. Juicy and melting.
A large yellow apple that resembles Golden Delicious, except larger, more elongated and more likely to have a pink blush on the sunny side.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Doesn't have a particular history as a cider apple, but -- like other heritage varieties -- it can contribute positively to cider blends.
Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).