They are irregularly shaped, with dull, rough yellow skin with patches of green and russetting, and a pale red flush on the side that gets the sun.
Inside, the yellow flesh is tender and juicy with a rich flavour.
The fruit ripens in October.
Stores until March.
The original Junaluska Apple tree was reputedly owned by a Cherokee named Junaluskee who lived in Macon or Cherokee County, North Carolina.
When the land was expropriated by the government, Junaluskee sold the tree for $50 US extra in addition to the land.
However, C.M. Hovey (Ed. The Magazine of Horticulture etc. Vol 3, # 3, July 1857, page 33) says: “From the orchard of Stephen Whitaker, Esq., of Cherokee County, North Carolina.”
In any event, the apple was thought to be extinct for many years. It was rediscovered in 2001 by a Tom Brown of Clemmons, North Carolina in Macon County, North Carolina.
Also spelt: Junaliska, Junaluskee.