Jonathan is very much a classic apple, still justly prized after two hundred years.
This medium-sized apple has a striking appearance: a deep purplish crimson sparsely accented by small light speckles in places. It is clasically round with light ribbing.
Jonathan's flesh is yellow, fragrant, medium-dense, and somewhat tender, though it chunks off nicely.
The flavor of this apple is very different from the crisp tart-sweet blends of the McIntosh family, though there is both tartness and sweetness plus a nice astringency. The flavor is full and cidery, a little spicy with strong pear notes and a hint of melon. I'd like to have some cider made from this variety.
Some sources trace Jonathan back to 1864.