Idared, with its bright crimson peel, is a large, crisp apple when first picked, with good flavor that becomes sweeter and more complex over time. After weeks or months in cold storage, it becomes a superb apple for sauce, pies, or as part of a cider blend. Its aromatic white flesh holds its shape when cooked, too. A late-season apple, Idareds are ready for harvest in October.
Discovered: 1935, Idaho
Parentage: Jonathan x Wagener
Harvest: Late Season
Idared was developed and released in 1942 by Leif Verner, then head of horticulture at the Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station in Moscow, Idaho. The apple’s name is derived from its state of origin, Idaho, and its brilliant red color. Idared is a cross between Jonathan and Wagener apples.