This is a red apple which began as a chance seedling in 1872 on a farm in Peru, Iowa. It was first called Hiatt’s Hawkeye, named after the farmer on whose land it first grew. A large fruit growing company, Stark Brothers, bought the farm and renamed the apple, Delicious.
Since the 1940′s, it has been the leading American apple but it is also widely grown abroad and has developed into new varieties such as the familiar Starking (Star King) in Britain.
The fruit is large and elongated with the characteristic five projections on the bottom end.
The texture is crisp at first but then becomes mealy the longer it is stored. The flavour is sweet but insipid as it lacks acidity.
These apples are usually eaten raw and is a popular fruit salad item as it does not turn brown as rapidly as most. Its lack of taste does not make it suitable for cooking however.
Its season is autumn to early winter. The Golden Delicious is an unrelated variety.