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The Jonalicious is a medium-sized apple around 3 inches in diameter, generally round with lobes. The thick, tough skin is a bright cherry red color with some russetting, while inside, the yellow flesh is particularly crispy with a fine-grained juiciness. Mirroring the aromatic nature of the apple, the taste is reminiscent of Red Delicious, with an added tartness. The tree tends not to be a prolific bearer.
Jonalicious apples are available fall through spring.
Jonalicious apples are an American variety of Malus domestica dating from the 1930s. Some think its name and qualities point to the Jonathan apple as one of the Jonalicious’ parents, perhaps crossed with Red Delicious. However, others dispute this parentage.
Apples are a part of any healthy snack or meal, with few calories and plenty of essential nutrients. They contain a fifth of the daily recommended value of dietary fiber, which supports heart and digestive health. Apples also contain Vitamin C, potassium, and boron.
This is a good all-around apple, great for eating out of hand or cooking. Jonalicious goes well in salads with subtly sweet ingredients such as goat cheese or sweet potatoes. Jonalicious is known for its good keeping qualities, and tends to get sweeter the longer it stays in storage.
Jonalicious is best known and loved in the Midwest, where it is growing in popularity, though it grows all over the United States, from the south to California, to the Northeast.
As with many early- and mid-American apples, Jonalicious was a chance seedling. Anna Morris Daniels found the first Jonalicious tree near Abilene, Texas in 1933. Because it was a chance seedling, the parentage was impossible to establish. Twenty-five years later, Stark Bro’s Nursery gave the apple its modern name of Jonalicious and brought it to market in 1960.