New Genesee Farmer 1(12): 180 (December, 1840)

The Jonathan Apple

Is another splendid variety. Our tree was planted out six years ago (a present from the late Judge Buel) and came into bearing very early; but it has produced no crop so fine as that of the present season. We would describe it as follows:

Fruit middle size, inclining to oblong ovate, contracted towards the apex. Eye closed, in a deep narrow depression. Stem slender, about an inch long in a deep cavity. Skin white when in contact with a branch or leaf, but streaked and mottled with red in the shade, with dark crimson next to the sun. Flesh white in some specimens—yellowish in others, delicate, juicy, rich, subacid.

Since writing the above, we have found the following account, copied into the second volume of the Genesee Farmer, which was doubtless written by Judge Buel, who did much to bring this variety into notice.

"The Jonathan, Philip Rick, or New Spitzenburgh, is an apple of recent origin, supposed a seedling, from the town of Woodstock, Ulster county, of uncommon excellence for the dessert. Within a few days, some of these apples have been compared with the Spitzenburgh, Seek-no-further, Vandeveer, and other esteemed varieties, by several amateurs of fruits, and pronounced to be superior to any of them, as an eating apple. B. March 2, 1832."


The Fruits and Fruit Trees of America p. 113-114 (1845)
Andrew Jackson Downing

108. Jonathan. § Buel. Ken.
Philip Rick.
King Philip.

The Jonathan is a very beautiful dessert apple, and its great beauty, good flavour, vigorous growth and productiveness, unite to recommend it to orchard planters. The original tree of this new sort is growing on the farm of Mr. Philip Rick, of Kingston, New-York, a neighbourhood unsurpassed in the world for its great natural congeniality to the apple. It was first described by the late Judge Buel, and named by him, in compliment to Jonathan Hasbrouck, Esq., of the same place, who made known the fruit to him. The colour of the young wood is a lively light brown, and the buds at the ends of the shoots are large.

Fruit of medium size, regularly formed, roundish-ovate, or tapering to the eye. Skin thin and smooth, the ground clear light yellow, nearly covered by lively red stripes, and deepening into brilliant or dark red in the sun. Stalk three fourths of an inch long, rather slender, inserted in a deep, regular cavity. Calyx set in a deep, rather broad basin. Flesh white, rarely a little pinkish, very tender and juicy, with a mild sprightly flavour. This fruit, evidently, belongs to the Spitzenburgh class. November to March.


American Gardening Feb. 12, 1898 p. 131

Two Good Apples.

Mr. Van Deman earnestly recommended to every fruit grower in this state, Grime's Golden and Jonathan apples, at least for trial. Specimens were shown, and are here illustrated figs 24, 25, page 131. Grimes' Golden is of a uniform rich golden-yellow color, resembles Swaar in flavor, but is even better. Jonathan is a beautiful red fruit, of mild, sweetish flavor. The specimens shown were grown on the grounds of the Geneva Station.