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Mollie's Delicious Apples
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The Mollie’s Delicious apple is a large, conical-shaped apple, often with ribbing. It has pinkish-red skin overlaid on a yellow background. Its creamy yellow or greenish flesh has a firm, crisp, and grainy texture. These apples bruise somewhat easily, but are otherwise hardy. The skin of Mollie’s Delicious, as well as its flesh, is aromatic. It has a sweet flavor balanced by a pleasantly tart acidity with notes of lemonade.
The Mollie’s Delicious apple is available in the fall.
Mollie’s Delicious apple is a variety of 20th century American Malus domestica. It is known for its early ripening—almost a full month before other Delicious varieties—and long storage. A cross of two crosses produced this apple, which is a product of Golden Delicious crossed with Edgewood and Red Gravenstein crossed with Close. Although Mollie’s Delicious is red, it is not related to the Red Delicious.
Apples contain several beneficial nutrients, which make them a healthy part of any meal. They have one-fifth of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber, which promotes cardiovascular and digestive health. Apples also contain Vitamin C, potassium, boron, and phytochemicals to provide antioxidant protection.
This variety is perfect for a raw snack, cooking, canning. Mollie’s Delicious can be used for pies, chutney, jams, and applesauce, as well as for eating out of hand. As with other apples, pair Mollie’s Delicious with sharp cheddar cheese, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Mollie’s Delicious is a particularly good storage variety—it can last up to 10 weeks in proper cool, dry storage such as in the refrigerator. Some claim it can last up to five months in total.
The United States once had many agricultural experimentation stations that produced many new apples. Mollie’s Delicious is an example of one, developed in 1948 at Rutger’s station in New Jersey. Today, Rutgers is one of the few remaining stations with an apple breeding program, still producing novel varieties and bringing them to market.
This apple was developed by G.W. Schneider at Rutger’s New Jersey Agricultural Experimentation Station in 1948, named for a Mollie who particularly enjoyed this variety. Mollie’s Delicious was then introduced to market in 1966. It grows well in moderate and even warm climates, and is often a recommended variety to grow in southern U.S. locations such as Texas or southern California.