Why you should be excited
Chenango Strawberry is a beautiful 19th century U.S. apple that's delicious when properly ripened.
The story of Chenango Strawberry
Introduced in the middle of the 19th century, Chenango Strawberry is an early-season apple that gained huge accolades during its heyday in the U.S. northeast for its appearance, aroma and flavour.
That's an impressive combination, which makes it all the more sad that this -- along with so many other great varieties -- sank into obscurity once mass marketing took over the apple world, leaving folks with few varieties to choose among at the grocery store.
The good news is that Chenango Strawberry did not disappear entirely and you can now try it and decide for yourself whether its tender, juicy, flavourful flesh and powerful apple aroma are to your liking.
Chenango Strawberry Facts
Discovered in New York or Connecticutt, USA, early 19th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
When properly ripened, the juicy, tender flesh has strong apple flavour and an even stronger aroma.
The pale yellow background skin colour is beautifully dappled with red stripes.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in early September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
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.
Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).