King David Apple
Discovered by chance in an orchard in Washington County, Arkansas in 1893, the King David Apple is probably an offspring of Jonathan and Arkansas Black (or Winesap). It retains characteristics from both of these apples. The apple does have considerable disease resistance and is good for backyard growers.
Deep maroon in color and oddly squat, this apple appears similar to Cortland in size, shape and taste. The King David has white flesh that is juicy yet mildly dry due to higher tannin contents. Excellent to cook with, this apple benefits from heating to soften and sweeten, gaining a wine like flavor that compliments both sweet and savory dishes. Its high juice content makes it perfect for bittersharp cider mixes.
USDA Zone: 4-8
M.27 ~8-10' or 30-35% of Standard; Dwarf Ships Spring 2024
B.118 ~18-21' or 85% of Standard, Semi-Dwarf Ships Spring 2024
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 3, Mid Season
Ripening Time: October
Cider Profile: Bitter-sharp