Why you should be excited

Davey is an early 20th century apple that’s one of many excellent progeny of the venerable McIntosh.

The story of Davey

First, let’s pronounce it right: Davey like savvy, not Davey like wavy.

This variety was named for S. Lothrop Davenport, a Massachusetts horticultural fanatic who is credited with single-handedly saving some 40 heritage apple varieties from extinction during the early decades of the 20th century.

“Good on Mr. Davenport,” you might say, “but what about the qualities of this not-so-well-known apple?”

Fair question.

Davey is a very nice fresh eating apple that’s related to McIntosh and well worth seeking out, even if partly to honour the man it’s named for. ‘Cause it’s tasty and he did good deeds for the world of apples.

Davey Facts

Its origins

Discovered at North Grafton, Massachusetts, USA, 1928.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Crisp and juicy with a good brisk taste. Some get a hint of strawberry in the flavour.


A classic bright red apple.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not well known for use in cider. Could be useful to add bulk  to cider blends.

Keeping ability

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).