Apple Profile

Red Delicious

America’s favorite apple for at least the last 50 years! Red Delicious was discovered in Iowa – certainly not a major apple-producing state – in the 1880s.  It was the winner in a contest to replace the Ben Davis apple, one of America’s favorites then.

At about the same time, its counterpart the Golden Delicious apple was discovered in Virginia and  also released commercially by Stark Nurseries, in about 1914.

Red Delicious apples earn their name with a full-flavored sweet taste and a juicy, crisp texture when fresh.  Color varies from striped red to a solid midnight purplish-red, and the skin is often thick.

This variety is most popular for fresh snacks, but are also excellent in salads and salsa.  It has been recognized in 2005 health studies for high levels of antioxidants.

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Classic Waldorf Salad


  • 4 cups Michigan Red Delicious apples, cubed
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved
  • 2/3 cup sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped  (optional)
  • 1/2 cup frozen reduced fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat mayonnaise

Thoroughly combine all ingredients.  Serve or chill for 1 hour.

Apple Salsa



  • 2 medium Michigan Red Delicious apples
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 cup orange segments, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onions, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. vegetable oil

Core and dice apples into 1/4” pieces.  Toss immediately with lime juice.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Chill 2 hours before serving over fish, chicken or turkey or with chips.  Makes 3 cups.