This is a page out of the 1924 Stark Bros. Nursery Catalog extolling the virtues of King David apple. Stark Bros. is the same nursery that introduced the smash hits Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, so they know a thing or two about apples.
We had actually found King David growing at an abandoned orchard up in the mountains, but didn’t know what it was; by the way, that’s King David on the blog mast head. I grafted cuttings down at my house and grew it out, and discovered it was exceptional down here with a deep, rich, winey taste that ripens in November. Because of the color we thought it was Arkansas Black at first, but the flavor was much better; I suspected it to be a seedling for a bit, until I put pieces of the puzzle together and hit on King David, a favorite of several Oak Glen growers. It is my favorite also, and usually any one who tries a truly ripe one will agree.
With a name like King David it should be grown in Israel, and the Israeli nurseryman I sent photos and description to agreed and is applying for the import permit necessary to introduce it into quarantine and virus indexing. I don’t think CM Stark thought of that when he named it, but it fits never the less.