They have thin skin that is greenish-yellow with dark red flushes.
Inside, the flesh is off-white, crisp, tender and juicy, with good flavour.
The apples ripen July to August.
Early Joe Apples were developed around 1800 by Heman Chapin of East Bloomfield, Ontario County, New York. Chapin also developed the Northern Spy and Melon apples.
The apple was noted at a fair in Rochester, New York in 1843. It became popular in the American South.