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GoldRush apples are a medium sized apple and ovate in shape. This apple has a green-yellow colored, nonwaxy skin with an occasional bronze to red blush at time of harvest. However, if the apple has been in storage it has the potential to turn deep yellow. The GoldRush apple has a medium to coarse grained, firm, crisp, and pale yellow flesh that is slow to brown once sliced. The flavor of the GoldRush is complex, spicy, and maintains bright acidity at harvest.
The GoldRush apple is available in the fall and winter.
The GoldRush apple is a member of the Rosaceae family in the Malus domestica species. GoldRush was the tenth apple cultivar developed by the cooperative breeding program of the Indiana, Illinois, and New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Stations. The GoldRush has a complicated pedigree, but known varieties included in the parentage are Rome Beauty, Melrose, Illinois #2, and Golden Delicious.
Apples, including the GoldRush, are high in Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. In particular, apples contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber that is especially beneficial for the digestive system.
The mild sweet flavor and crispness of the GoldRush's flesh makes this apple good for both fresh eating and cooking, as well as juice and cider. The GoldRush does not brown as easily when exposed to air as some apples, so they are a good choice for fruit salads. They will keep their flavor and texture in cold storage for up to seven months. Choose apples that are uniformly firm and free of bruises or soft spots in order to keep them for longer periods of time.
The name GoldRush refers to its golden color and the rush of flavor its marketers wanted to highlight. It may also signal the American origins of this particular apple.
A joint breeding program between India, Illinois, and New Jersey Agricultural research stations developed the GoldRush in the 1990s, and introduced it to the market in 1994.