Red Delicious is a selection from the original Delicious, which originated in the USA in the 1870s. It comes in several versions: we grow "Red Prince". When it is tree ripened it is sweet, firm and crisp. Red Delicious has a dark red, shiny skin that resists bruising, so became a great favourite around the world. It cooks in slices and is used for apple pie. It is no longer fashionable and is hardly ever grown in New Zealand anymore. We pick it in late April.