The Red Delicious is probably the most iconic of all American apples, a true classic. Deep red in color and heart-shaped, it is distinguished not only by its dark, shiny skin but its five star bumps on its bottom as well. The flesh is crunchy with a mildly sweet flavor. It’s most likely the apple you grew up with. Although many consider its flavor somewhat bland, it remains a lunchbox staple. Originating in Peru, Iowa, it is believed to be a chance seedling from a variety originally known as Hawkeye. It is still the most widely grown variety in the U.S. Red Delicious are best eaten raw or in salads.Good choice for eating out of hand or in salads
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Rosemary Wolbert is a writer cum gentlewoman farmer. A former corporate communicator, she now relishes the quiet country life — just reading, cooking and writing in Pennsylvania. She publishes the blog Sprigs of Rosemary and writes a monthly newspaper column, “Good Food Matters” and believes food bridges all kinds of barriers, real or imagined.