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The Scrumptious apple is robustly red in color, with white flesh. Scrumptious has a thin skin and sometimes has some russet covering. The large size, crispness, and sweetness of the Scrumptious are inherited from the Golden Delicious parent, and the more fruity, strawberry notes come from the Discovery. While sweet, this apple isn’t overly sugary. The flavor in general is complex, sometimes with hints of anise.
Scrumptious apples are available in the early fall.
The Scrumptious apple is a modern English dessert apple Malus domestica. It is an early season variety with more flavor than other early season apples. Scrumptious’ parents are the Golden Delicious and the Discovery. The tree is easy to grow, on the small side, and is not very vigorous, making it a good option for containers or small gardens. The apples can be continuously harvested over a two-week period, rather than all at once as is more usual with apples.
Apples are low in calories and high in beneficial nutrients. Two of the primary nutrients found in apples are Vitamin C and fiber. Apples contain soluble fiber—particularly a type called pectin—which works to prevent cholesterol from building up in blood vessels. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, move food through the intestines, keeping digestion moving.
This apple is primarily good for eating fresh as a dessert variety rather than for cooking. Apples and cheese are a classic pairing—try mild cheddar or tangy blue cheese with a sweet apple like Scrumptious. Like most early season apples, it does not store well, and should be used with a week or two.
Many modern apples are bred for reasons other than their flavor, such as storage quality or size. Scrumptious is an example of a relatively recent variety whose flavor helped it make its way to market.
Hugh Ermen, an apple breeder, developed Scrumptious in Kent, England, and released it in the early 1980s. In 2010, Scrumptious received the prestigious Award of Garden Merit from the UK Royal Horticultural Society. It grows well in temperate climates such as England, but can withstand late frosts.