|Discovered||1870s Peru, Iowa|
Red Delicious is an excellent keeper known for the consistency of its texture, bright red color, and conical shape. It is a sweet apple, lightly aromatic with a firm, cream-colored flesh. The Red Delicious grown in New England is a little smaller and has a more knobby end than its western cousin. Generally it is a little juicier and sweeter ripening under New England's long summer days and crisp fall nights. It is best eaten fresh, in salads, and in fruit compotes. Picking begins in early October.
Developed in the 1870s, Red Delicious was initially called Hawkeye. The apple was renamed in 1893 after C. M. Stark bit into one and said, "My that's delicious-and that's the name for it!"