Classic Shape With Classic Sweetness

The Red Delicious apple variety was discovered in 1875 as a chance seedling growing on Jesse Hiatt’s farm in Peru, Iowa. Thinking it was a nuisance, Hiatt tried to chop down the seedling, but the tree grew back repeatedly. On the third time, Hiatt allowed it to grow and produce apples.

In 1893, Hiatt took his apple, called Hawkeye, to a fruit show in Missouri. Following the show, Stark Brothers Nursery purchased the rights to market the apple and renamed it Red Delicious. Today, the classic coke-bottle shape and color of Red Delicious makes it one of the most well-known apple varieties in the United States.


Exterior: Deep to bright red, classic apple shape and sometimes slightly striped

Interior: White to buff-colored flesh

Experience: Red Delicious apples are an American classic, with mild sweet flavors and only a few notes of acidity

Nutritional Facts Learn more here!

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

How to use Red Delicious

When can I find Red Delicious ?

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

Fun Facts

  • The red color of Red Delicious makes it a high antioxidant apple, and a nutritious choice for smoothies and juice.
  • Red Delicious was the winner of a competition Stark Brothers Nursery held to replace the Ben Davis variety.
  • Despite having similar names and both being apples, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples are not closely related.
  • Apple growers in Washington state have been producing Red Delicious since the 1920s.
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.