Why you should be excited

Wealthy is an old U.S. apple that’s long been famed for its ability to withstand harsh prairie winters.

The story of Wealthy

Although Wealthy is a much higher-quality apple than Transparent, the two varieties have something significant in common: both were once prized for an attribute unrelated to their eating quality.

Both also suffered from the eventual arrival of other varieties matching their key attribute while delivering better overall quality.

In Transparent’s case, the attribute was early ripening; for Wealthy, winter hardiness.

While it’s still highly respected a century and a half after it appeared on the scene, there are now quite a few good varieties that can survive a Minnesota winter, so Wealthy isn’t considered as uniquely precious as it once was.

Wealthy Facts

Its origins

Raised from a seed in Excelsior, Minnesota, USA, 1861.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The soft and juicy cream-coloured flesh is sweet. Some people have detected hints of berry in the flavour.


The pale yellow background skin colour of this medium-sized apple is mostly covered with red stripes and a striking blood-red flush.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking

Good, when used soon after harvest.

Keeping ability

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).