Horticulturalist Peter Gideon grew the first Wealthy in 1868. Gideon sent the family’s last dollars to an apple grower in Bangor, Maine, and got a bushel of apple seeds in return. Just one of these seeds, crossed with Gideon’s Siberian crab apple, produced the apple that Gideon later named the Wealthy, after his wife, Wealthy Gideon. The Wealthy apple was the earliest apple to thrive in the Minnesota climate. Pale yellow fruit splashed and striped with red. Ripens to all-over scarlet for fresh eating; used weeks earlier for pies, sauces and preserves. Flesh is sprightly, vinous, distinctive flavor with a hint of strawberry. Small compact tree bears heavily, is very hardy and low chill. Blooms profusely over a long period, making it an excellent pollinator. This is a favorite for home orchards in Minnesota and the East.
Uses: Fresh Eating & Cooking
Attributes: Excellent Pollinator & Heavy Bearer