Inside, they have firm, white, juicy flesh.
The fruit ripens in early October.
For fresh-eating or cooking.
Chieftain Apples were developed in 1917 from a seedling cross between Johnathan (sic) and Delicious apples at the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. The cross was done by horticulture professor Spencer Beach.
Straatmann, Joe. Chieftain apples replace Red Delicious in dining centers. Ames, Iowa: Iowa State Daily. 4 November 2003.