The original tree of the Golden Delicious was located in West Virginia, which declared the apple its official state fruit in 1995. It’s a delicate little thing, and prone to bruising, so handle with care.
Taste: Mild, sweet, juicy, and crispy
Use: Salads, sauces, apple butter, and baking; good for freezing
Nutritional value: Low in calories, good source of soluble fiber (which has been proven to help lower cholesterol), contains vitamins A and C. To cut down on your carb count in pies, use this apple; the natural sweet flavor replaces some of the sugar
Fun fact: Many people think it’s related to the popular Red Delicious, but it’s all just in the name!
Availability: September through June