Why you should be excited
Jonwin is one of many obscure apple varieties bred by independent-minded U.S. apple breeder Albert Etter.
The story of Jonwin
The first challenge with Jonwin is to figure out where it came from.
The legendary -- at least in the minds of folks who admire independent-minded apple breeders -- Albert Etter asserted that it was a cross between two U.S. classics: Jonathan as mother and Baldwin as father.
But many experts doubt this claim, as Baldwin is well known to be a terrible pollinator (well, it's effectively sterile), so it is considered a long-shot to be the male parent for any new varieties.
Whether or not those are its parents, Jonwin is an attractive apple that shares some characteristics with its purported parents: the crispness of Baldwin and the distinctive aromatic flavour of Jonathan. It also wins over some fans while remaining -- like Etter's other apple varieties -- relatively obscure.
Bred in Ettersburg, California, USA in the first half of the 20th century.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp and aromatic.
The yellow skin of this handsome apple is partly covered with bright-red stripes.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in mid-September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for its use in cider.
So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).