Golden Delicious Apple
Scientific Binomial Name: Malus domestica
The Golden Delicious apple is excellent for eating fresh, pies & salads; Very good for baking, making apple sauce or apple butter.
A Good-quality Golden Delicious apple will be firm with smooth, clean skin and range in color from light green to pale or creamy yellow. Less mature product will be light green and have a somewhat tart flavor. More mature goldens will have a clear yellow color and will be sweeter. Some goldens may have a wash of pink color or blush across the "shoulders," the result of warm sunny days and cool nights. Test the firmness of the apple by holding it in the palm of your hand. (Do not push with your thumb). It should feel solid and heavy, not soft and light.
To store, keep apples as cold as possible in the refrigerator. Apples do not freeze until the temperature drops to 28.5°F.
Avoid product with soft or dark spots. Also if the apple skin wrinkles when you rub your thumb across it, the apple has probably been in cold storage too long or has not been kept cool. Also avoid goldens with "russeting," a bronze-colored, rough and scab-like condition principally on the stem end of the apple.
Fresh Golden Delicious apples are available from Washington from September through November while cold storage product is available from January through August.
Golden Delicious Apple Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 medium apple (154g)
Amount Per Serving
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: PMA's Labeling Facts
Golden Delicious Apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.
Apple Tips & Trivia
- The Gold Delicious apple is the official fruit of West Virginia.
- Despite having similar sounding names, the Gold Delicious and Red Delicious apples are not genetically related.
- Tens of thousands of varieties of apples are grown worldwide.
- The history of apple consumption dates from Stone Age cultivation in areas we now know as Austria and Switzerland.
- In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage; catching it was acceptance.