Farmer Phillip Rick first discovered Jonathan as a chance seedling in Woodstock, New York in 1800. It is a beautiful brilliant red apple of excellent fragrance and flavor. The apple was originally known as the Rick apple, but later named Jonathan after Jonathan Hasbrouk who first focused horticultural attention to it in 1826. It is believed that the Esopus Spitzenburg is one parent of the Jonathan with the other unknown. Jonathan apples are available from California from late August through November.

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