Wealthy

Sweet Tart
Description

Wealthy is a fragrant red heirloom variety with wide red striping. Its white flesh, sometimes stained with red, is sweet, crisp, and juicy, and tart with a hint of strawberry. Its skin tends to be tough. Wealthy is a good pie, sauce, and cider apple. Harvest is early August to mid-September.

Discovered: 1861 Excelsior, Minnesota

Parentage: Cherry Crab x unknown

Harvest: Midseason

History

Minnesota farmer Peter Gideon grew the first Wealthy from seed of Siberian Crab in 1861 and named it after his wife, Wealthy (Hull) Gideon. Although it has decreased in popularity, a century ago, Wealthy was one of the nation’s five most popular apples, as well as a prized New England variety.