“Green Dragon” is the brand name for the apple variety Malus
domestica “Washu 1984”. This cultivar was obtained by an Oregon pear and
apple grower over 30 years ago from a selection of fruit varieties in
the state of Washington, USA.
production of the Washu 1984 apple has traditionally been exported to
Asia as Green Dragon Apples, but in recent years the popularity of the
Green Dragon brand has been growing in North America.
Most growers document the apple’s breeding to Japan in the 1920’s.
The Green Dragon ™apple is nicely described in this excerpt from the blog “Adam’s Apple”:
are shapely tapered apples just on the green side of the yellow border.
The color flirts with that border, sometimes crossing it on the sunward
side where some examples sport a pale and tentative orange glow.
Ribbing is moderate, though in some samples there are nearly flat regions that intersect to create a distinct edge.
many small light lenticels are all but invisible except where russet or
some other agent discolors them. Green Dragon bears the striking
fragrance of green-apple candy.
Indeed, the sweetness extends to flavor. Juicy off-white flesh runs
to coarse-grained. The crunch is decent but a little subdued. A sweet
sugar-candy flavor is but sightly tempered by any acidity. A hint of
spice and a whisper of pear pokes though the spun-sugar haze.
would a better balance reveal? There is a succulent fruity fullness
lurking behind the impenetrable curtain of sugar, a debt I guess to the
Dragon’s Golden Delicious seed parent. But I cannot get close enough to
say what it might be. Pity.
But easy to eat, if you like sweet.”
A brand information page brought to you by Foxglove Farm, Washington.