Red Delicious apple


A name for Delicious, a bright red variety of apple, sometimes in solid colouring, sometimes striped. It is a good eating apple with juicy, somewhat crumbly yellowish-white flesh, tough skin and a slight refreshing tartness, developed during the 1870s. It was originally named Hawkeye when it arose on the farm of Mr Hiatt in Peru in Iowa, and then renamed in 1895. It was introduced commercially to the UK in 1912. This is a widely grown variety with good commercial properties. The original tree still stands in Iowa.This late-season variety is harvested from mid-October in South-East England and is at its best from December to March. It does less well in warm temperate areas, but the English version is sweeter than its American counterpart and not as red.

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