The Golden Delicious is not related to the Delicious apple. It is similar in shape being elongated and tapering to five points but it is golden in colour.
This is an American apple which first appeared from a chance seedling on a West Virginia farm about 1900 and now the most widely grown apple in many countries.
At its peak, the creamy flesh is juicy and crisp with a mild flavor. However, most commercially grown Golden Delicious are sold when they are under or over ripe. Consequently, their taste is nonexistent and the texture mealy.
When the apple is grown in a cool climate, a reasonable amount of acid forms giving it a good flavour, but if it is grown in warmer regions, the flavour becomes bland.
This variety is popular with growers as tree crops are heavy.
Because it lacks acidity, Golden Delicious will retain its shape when cooked and is therefore a good choice when cooked sliced apples are required for decoration.