Ida Red apples are a Michigan classic: Their round, shiny, bright-red appearance resembles its parent, the Jonathan apple. Ida Red also has a tangy flavor similar to Jonathan.
However, Ida Red apples are larger and have crisp, bright-white flesh that gives a firm, juicy bite.
Ida Red is good for snacking, and excellent for all types of cooking and baking. That’s because its flesh is known to have high solids, which allows the texture to hold up well when baking pies or making applesauce.
Ida Reds store exceptionally well, and were found in a 2005 study to be one of three apples with the highest levels of antioxidants.
The name Ida Red is a tip of the hat to its origin: The state of Idaho. It was developed by University of Idaho breeders and released in 1942.