Originated in Peru, Iowa, 1874
- Description: The Red Delicious is the most widely grown variety of apple in the world. They have firm,white or cream white flesh that is juicy, aromatic and sweet tasting. The heart-shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes striped. Crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor.
- Parentage: Unknown, found as a chance seedling on the farm of Jesse Hiatt. Originally known as the Hawkeye, this classic is America's favorite snacking apple. This heart shaped fruit is bright red and sometimes striped. It is crunchy, with a sweet taste and is primarily eaten fresh.
- Availability: Harvested in September and October. Available year round.
- Usage: Best eaten raw because of their thick skin. Excellent in salads.