Chieftain is one of those apples that is not particularly well-known, but is popular with those that grow it. It is a cross between two classic American apples, Jonathan and Delicious, and the result is a nicely-balanced apple which is still sweet like Delicious but has a bit more interesting tartness to its flavor.
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Chieftain is reliable and easy to grow and has some natural resistance to scab and fireblight.
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Developed at Iowa State University at the start of the 20th century, but not released until 1966.