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The William's Favorite is distinctively bright red in streaks and patches. These fruits are on the large side and conical in shape, with some ribbing. The flesh is yellow-white for the most part, but can be red near the core. The texture is firm and juicy. The taste is delicate or mild, with a slight acidic bite along with floral and fruity notes. The William's Favorite is sometimes compared to the Red Delicious.
William's Favorite apple is available in the summer.
William's Favorite apple is a historic southern variety of Malus domestica. This apple is also known as Southern Queen, Ladies Apple, Queen, and William's Red. However, William's Pride is a different, much newer apple.
Apples of all sorts contain many healthy components, including dietary fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, pectin, and phytochemicals. Additionally, apples are low in cholesterol, fat, sodium, and calories.
This is a fairly versatile apple, good for both cooking and fresh eating. Try pairing with a mild, creamy blue cheese or feta. William's Favorite is also a fairly good storage apple, though its true value is as one of the first apples to ripen for the season.
Today's apple market is focused on high-sugar and intensely flavored apples. William's Favorite apple doesn't fit in well into that profile, but was much more popular and well-known during the early 19th century, when more delicate apples were in favor.
The first William's Favorite apple tree was grown by Captain Benjamin Williams in 1750 outside of Boston in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Several decades later, in 1830, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society introduced it to the public, giving the apple its current name. Although the William's Favorite was first grown in New England, it proved to grow exceptionally well in the warmer climate of the American South.