Red Delicious has always been a favourite because it was easy to store, has a great appearance and is widely exported from the States. In the past, American packers also sprayed the fruit with an edible wax so it was big, red and shiny! The problem with Red Delicious is a rather disappointing flavour: they are sweet, juicy, with crisp but with bland white flesh at best; flavourless, pappy and soft at worst.
Red Delicious has been edged out by newer and better red varieties, such as Empire, by many retailers, though the best can be found occasionally in Tesco and Waitrose, while Morrison’s remain a supporter of the variety.
Grown in: USA (famously in Washington State); Canada; France and Italy
Harvest & Availability: Red Delicious has the advantage of holding-up very well in cold storage:
All year: from USA