Illustration of Jonagold apples; by Stefanie Kreuzer, b13 GmbH (CC BY-SA 4.0)


The cultivar Jonagold (also known as Jonagored or Red Prince) was developed at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station of Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1943 and was sold commercially in 1968. It is a cross between Jonathan and Golden Delicious and is one of the six most planted cultivars worldwide.

The aromatic and juicy fruit with its sweet-sour taste is famous for its fluffily crisp flesh. The skin can be golden-red or sometimes even be fully red or fully green.

Jonagold Apples are ideal to be eaten fresh as a snack, for salads, juice, ciders or baking.

Apple on books; Photo by StockSnap, Michal Jamoluk
© StockSnap, Michal Jamoluk

The cultivar is mostly grown in Northern and Eastern Europe and prefers warm climates and deep, fertile soil to grow the trees. They are not as sensitive to frost, mildew or apple scab as other cultivars.

Jonagold apples can be stored easily.


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