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Chivers Delight

  • Chivers Delight
  • Chivers Delight
  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 4

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

Chivers Delight can be considered an alternative to Cox's Orange Pippin, although the flavor comparison is not perhaps as close as some other Cox offspring. It is basically a sweet apple like Cox's Orange Pippin, but with some sharpness to the flavor, and the flesh is more crisp. Although not related at all, Chivers Delight is quite similar to Braeburn in size, flavor, and crispness. Overall a very pleasing well-balanced apple.

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

Chivers Delight apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    M26 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
  • 2.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    MM106 rootstock
    Large size (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 flavor is at its best in a year with a sunny autumn.



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

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early October
    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):3 months or more
    • Food uses:Juice
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Average vigour
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Average
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour:Orange flush