Chieftain apples were developed at Iowa State University. They are a cross between Jonathan and Red Delicious apples. They have the firmness of the Jonathan, but are a bit sweeter like the Red Delicious. It is an excellent all-purpose apple - very good for eating fresh, in pies, apple cider, and make superb applesauce (even without added sugar!). They store quite well through the winter. Once you try them, you'll want them again! Chieftain apples aren't ready until October when the weather turns colder.