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Great Expectations: The Rise - and Fall - of the (Once) Red Delicious Apple

Red Delicious Apples

Story at-a-glance -

  • An Iowan farmer discovered a hardy, cross-bred apple species in his orchard, which eventually went on to the 1914 State Fair as the Red Delicious
  • Red Delicious apples, with their red and yellow streaks and crisp, juicy flavor, were America’s favorite for nearly 75 years
  • The discovery of single-branch mutations from the Red Delicious kicked off sweeping cross-breeding endeavors to make this apple as visually attractive as possible, but with unappealing results in the marketplace
  • Thanks to large-scale selective breeding, the apple that was once a mainstay of the American pantry became not just unpopular but inedible

By Dr. Mercola

If you’re like most people, when looking for apples among the plethora of offerings at your local supermarket, perhaps you choose the most visually appealing.

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