Goldrush Apple: The Modern Gold Standard of Apples

Goldrush ApplesGoldrush apple, a golden gem in the apple industry known for its exceptional flavor and storability. Developed in the Midwest, this apple is a testament to contemporary apple breeding’s success. With its bright, golden color and a taste that improves with time, the Goldrush apple remains an excellent choice for enjoying throughout the winter and well into spring. Let's take a closer look at what makes the Goldrush apple a modern classic!

Birth of a New Variety: The Goldrush Story

The Goldrush apple began its journey in the 1990s at the Illinois cooperative extension, a part of the cooperative agricultural research efforts involving several states. Designed with both consumers and growers in mind, the Goldrush was created to offer superior taste, long shelf life, and disease resistance. It quickly distinguished itself from other varieties with its unique attributes and was released to the public in 1993, heralding a new era in apple cultivation.

Heritage and Cultivation

Goldrush is a result of crossbreeding the popular Golden Delicious with several other varieties to enhance its hardiness and flavor profile. This apple inherits the attractive golden color and sweet undertones of Golden Delicious, while its crisp texture and tartness come from its other parent varieties. Goldrush trees are particularly resilient, making them a favorite among apple growers for their lower susceptibility to common apple diseases.

Flavor and Texture

The Goldrush apple is celebrated for its dense, crisp flesh and a complex flavor profile that combines sharp tartness with a honeyed sweetness. Unlike many other apples, the flavor of the Goldrush actually improves with age, becoming richer and more nuanced over time. This makes it an exceptional choice for storage, with the ability to maintain its quality for months under proper conditions.

Culinary Uses

The versatility of the Goldrush apple makes it a prime candidate for various culinary applications. Its robust flavor holds up well in cooking and baking, making it ideal for pies, crisps, and other desserts. Additionally, its crisp texture makes it perfect for fresh eating and salads. Goldrush apples are also excellent for making cider, where their complexity can be fully appreciated.

Storing and Enjoying

One of the standout features of the Goldrush apple is its storability. These apples can be kept for a long time, gradually sweetening up as they age. Stored in a cool, dry place, Goldrush apples can be enjoyed for several months, maintaining their crisp texture and developing richer flavors, making them a perfect winter apple.

Recipe: Goldrush Apple Pie


  • 6 Goldrush apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Pie crust (store-bought or homemade)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a large bowl, toss the sliced Goldrush apples with cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, flour, and lemon juice.
  3. Place the apple mixture into a pie crust, then cover with a second crust. Seal the edges and cut small slits in the top to vent.
  4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly.
  5. Allow to cool before serving to let the filling set.

In Conclusion

The Goldrush apple's development marks a significant milestone in the art and science of apple breeding. With its robust flavor, storability, and versatility, the Goldrush apple stands out as a symbol of innovation and quality in modern apple cultivation. It enriches our culinary experiences and brings a burst of golden delight to our taste buds.

Goldrush Apple and

At, we are proud to bring the remarkable Goldrush apples directly from our farms to your doorstep. With our commitment to quality, each Goldrush apple you receive is not just fresh and tasty but also packed with the promise of apple perfection. Embrace the excellence of Goldrush apples and enjoy a taste of modern apple breeding at its finest.