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5 Autumn Apples


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Golden Delicious
Golden Delicious apples were named for their bright yellow color.
Golden Delicious apples were named for their bright yellow color.
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If you think that handful of flavor known as the Golden Delicious apple is related to the Red Delicious apple, you're in for a surprise. This is an example of how marketing can create some confusion. Although the Golden Delicious has a mild, sweet flavor, too, it was first discovered around 1900 in West Virginia and eventually sold to the Stark Brothers Nursery, who happened to also distribute the Red Delicious apple. The name "Golden Delicious" was born, and the rest is apple history. Golden Delicious apples are popular with growers because they're big producers, and they travel and keep well, too. Distinctive for their yellow color, Golden Delicious apples are more flavorful when grown in cooler climates [source: WVGenWeb].

  • Color - Light to golden yellow
  • Flavor - Sweet
  • Flesh - Relatively soft
  • Best - Fresh or cooked
  • Harvested - Starting in September

Let's move on to the most popular apple sold in the United States today: the brightly colored and shapely Red Delicious.


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