Golden Delicious Apples

Golden Delicious apples were discovered in the early 1900s on the Mullins’ family farm in Clay County, West Virginia. In 1916, Stark Brothers Nursery introduced the apple commercially as a companion to Red Delicious, even though the two varieties are not related.

The parentage of Golden Delicious is unclear, but some think that it could be a relative of Golden Reinette or Grimes Golden. Golden Delicious is a mellow, sweet apple that thrives in eastern Washington’s arid climate. This variety was a favorite of Stemilt’s late founder, Tom Mathison.


Exterior: Yellow, sometimes with a bright pink blush if cool nights precede harvest
Interior: Fine and smooth with white or buff-colored flesh
Experience: Thin skinned, consistently sweet and crisp with a silky texture

How To Use Golden Delicious Apples


Pies, sauce, baking, and snacking

When Can I Find Golden Delicious Apples


You can find Golden Delicious apples from Stemilt every month of the year.


Look For The Ladybug

Golden Delicious apples are available under the Stemilt label, while organic Golden Delicious apples are sold under our Artisan Organics label.

Golden Delicious Apple Fun Facts

  • A thin skin makes Golden Delicious one of the best pie apples around.
  • When cool nights precede harvest, Golden Delicious apples often come off the tree with a rosy pink blush over their yellow background.
  • Golden Delicious is the official state fruit of West Virginia.
  • Stemilt harvests Golden Delicious apples in September and October in Washington State.
  • Golden Delicious is one of the most delicate apple varieties and highly susceptible to bruising.

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