Red Delicious Apple
Scientific Binomial Name: Malus domestica
Cultivar: Red Delicious
Excellent for eating fresh & salads; poor for baking.
A good-quality Red Delicious apple will be firm with smooth, clean skin and have a rich red color that is sometimes streaked lightly with yellow or with a yellow cheek. 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.
Fresh Red Delicious Apples are available from Washington from September through December while cold storage product is available the rest of the year.
Red 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
Red Delicious apples are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They're also a good source of Dietary Fiber and Vitamin C.
Red Delicious are sweet and juicy making this an excellent juicing apple.
Red Delicious apples are sometimes available organically - especially in the Northwest US.
Apple Tips & Trivia
- Red Delicious apples were first called Hawkeye before Stark Brothers Nurseries purchased the rights and gave them their now well-known name.
- Rub cut apples with lemon juice to keep slices and wedges creamy white for hours.
- Apples are the second most important of all fruits sold in the supermarket, ranking next to bananas.
- 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.