Red Delicious is one of the most famous American apples, and one of the most widely grown apple varieties. Although the names are similar, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious are entirely different varieties. There are a lot of other similarities though: both varieties were discovered in the USA at the end of the 19th century, both need warm climates, both have interesting histories, and both are basically sweet apples.
Red Delicious is "sport" of the original Delicious apple, the bright red color making it more commercially successful, and it has become a very important commercial apple variety especially in North America.
Red Delicious is a medium-sized apple, with a tall conical shape. The dark and intense crimson color makes it the quintessential red apple, and it is has strong shelf appeal. A number of improved varieties have been developed, of which the most well known is probably Starking.
Unfortunately the visual appeal is not matched by the flavor. Red Delicious has a sweet but very mild flavor, somewhat reminiscent of slightly over-ripe melon. The flesh is juicy and has a light crispness. The skin can be quite tough. Overall Red Delicious can be quite a refreshing apple to eat, but its chief characteristic is that it has almost no flavor at all.
Serving Size 1 medium (2-3/4" dia)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 2Calories 72
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 0.23g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.038g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.071g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19.06g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18
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