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.
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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.
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.