The Favorite Yellow Apple Ready for Baking

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. However, the two varieties are not related.

The parentage of Golden Delicious is unclear, but some think it could be a relative of Golden Reinette and 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

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

Golden Delicious apples are available under the Stemilt label, while organic Golden Delicious apples can be found under our Artisan OrganicsTM label.

How to use Golden Delicious

When can I find Golden Delicious ?

Golden Delicious apples are harvested every September and October in Washington State. You can find Golden Delicious apples from Stemilt all year long.

Fun Facts

  • A thin skin makes Golden Delicious one of the best pie apples around.
  • Golden Delicious is the official state fruit of West Virginia.
  • Golden Delicious is one of the most delicate apple varieties, and highly susceptible to bruising.
There's An Apple for That

There’s an Apple for That

Gala? Pink Lady? Granny Smith? Each apple variety has its own unique flavor, texture, color and cooking properties.

Find out which variety will work best for your next recipe or food pairing at our guide, There’s An Apple for That.