Why you should be excited
Etter’s Gold is a beautiful yellow apple with an interesting history, bred by the brilliant Albert Etter.
The story of Etter's Gold
It’s interesting how folks working outside of the mainstream tend to be marginalized, even if they do great work.
Exhibit A: Albert Etter, a self-taught apple (and strawberry) breeder in early 20th century California. He bred several apple varieties that are interesting (think of Wickson, Katharine and this variety, just for starters), yet has received little credit.
Among other accomplishments, Etter was a proponent of red-fleshed apples. But one of his earliest and best creations was Etter’s Gold, which is not red at all. It is, however, a tasty apple that’s pretty and keeps extremely well.
Why aren’t Etter’s varieties better known? Because he worked outside of the mainstream, perhaps?…
Etter's Gold Facts
Bred in Ettersburg, California, USA; introduced 1944.
Flavour, aroma, texture
This robust, aromatic apple has a distinctive flavour and is crisp and juicy.
Medium to large in size, it ripens from green to a clear golden colour.
When they’re available
Very late season (usually in November).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Considered to be a useful addition to cider blends.
Very good (4 months or more when kept refrigerated).