What Happened to the Red Delicious Apple?



When the red delicious apple was developed a hundred years ago, it was supposedly the best-tasting apple around. But the variety became a victim of its own popularity, as the apple was altered to suit the industry. By the time you and I came along, we were unimpressed and made jokes about the use of the word "delicious." Oh yeah, the red declicious apple stayed popular for a long time after it lost its taste, mainly because it was all you could find at the grocery store. Then just in the last few decades, better apples were developed to replace it.

What we have in this video is really a history of apples that leads up to the rise and fall of the red delicious. A neat story altogether, but it bothers me that the host cites Charles Darwin to explain crossbreeding of plants to develop new varieties when it should have been Gregor Mendel. -via reddit


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I'm a macintosh apple lover. I like the taste and love how the apples sort of melt down into a wonderful softness in baked pies and other pastries. I've never liked the delicious apple. To me it tastes like a hint of banana (which I'm allergic too) and they stay crunchy even though they are baked into pies and such. Not sorry to see it go away.
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Grew up loving the red delicious. I'm thinking the "alterations" have never stopped and it's become progressively worse over the years. Can't remember the last time I had a good one. My current favorite is the Honey Crisp, but at the end of the food chain Maine price of 3.00/lb, only when they're on sale.
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