The skin is a smooth, shiny yellow with red patches and striping. Inside, the cream-coloured flesh is crisp, fine-textured and juicy.
First grown about 1870 on the farm of Jesse Hiatt of Peru, Iowa. At first, Jesse chopped it down twice, but it kept growing back, so he finally allowed it to live and bear fruit. The seed that the seedling sprang from probably came about as a cross between Yellow Bellflower and either Black Gilliflower or Sheepnose. Hiatt entered the apple in a competition in 1893, calling it Hawkeye.