Long reign of the Red De­li­cious ap­ple is end­ing

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - BUSINESS -

Af­ter more than a half-cen­tury as Amer­ica’s most-grown ap­ple, the Red De­li­cious is on track to be ousted this year by a sweet, juicy, young up­start: the Gala, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Ap­ple As­so­ci­a­tion. The de­cline of the Red De­li­cious, with its mild fla­vor and of­ten mealy tex­ture, can be cred­ited to a shift in con­sumer pref­er­ences to­ward ap­ples that are crunchier, crisper and sweeter. The Red De­li­cious is still pro­jected to be the sec­ond-most-pop­u­lar, with Granny Smith third, fol­lowed by Fuji and the as­cen­dant Hon­ey­crisp.

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