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Chivers Delight apple trees

An excellent English apple, once grown commercially on a small scale, and worthy of more attention.

Chivers Delight is basically a sweet apple, with a family resemblance to Cox's Orange Pippin, but with some sharpness to the flavour. The flesh is quite dense and crisp.

Although not related at all, Chivers Delight is quite similar to Braeburn in size, flavour, and crispness - if you like Braeburn apples you will probably like Chivers Delight.

Chivers Delight ripens fairly late in the season, and the apples can be stored for about 3 months in a refrigerator without loss of flavour.

Overall a very pleasing well-balanced apple.

Chivers Delight apple trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree M26 rootstock £19.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR22-year bush-trained bare-root tree MM106 rootstock £29.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Chivers Delight is a good garden apple, and easy to grow. Cropping is reliable in most situations, but the flavour is at its best in a year with a sunny autumn.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Developed in the 1920s in Cambridgeshire by Stephen Chivers of the well-known jam manufacturers, unknown parentage but likely to be related to Cox's Orange Pippin.

Chivers Delight characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

  • Picking monthOctober
  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Food usesJuice
  • Flavour style (apples)Sweet/SharpAromatic

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colourOrange flush
    • Fruit sizeAverage