Golden Delicious Apple Review

"The West Virginia Has-Been"

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Golden Delicious Apple


The official state fruit of West Virginia, this green-yellow beauty saw its heyday in the Progressive Era when marketed by the Stark Bros as a companion apple to the, then blockbuster smash hit, Red Delicious. One hundred years later, with our collective distaste for the Red Delicious fully realized, this ill-fated adopted brother may as well be called the “Golden Bin Laden.” Fortunately, for consumers who have rightfully shied away from this fading memory of an apple, the mushy, bland, juiceless, Golden Delicious doesn’t bring much to the table aside from fathering better apples and having a nice looking exterior fit for a 2013 U.S. Postal Stamp.

BONUS POINTS: +1 Baking, +1 Historical Significance, +1 Cider

Branding / Consistency
Cost / Availability




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Grimes Golden x Golden Reinette


West Virginia




Late Fall – Early Winter


Baking, Cider


Mullin’s Yellow Seedling, 

Annit Apple, Yellow Delicious

23 thoughts on “Golden Delicious Apple Review”

  1. You are a fool and a fiend. Whatever golden delicious apples you’ve been eating must be tasteless imposters. If you get them from an orchard they are juicy, sweet and as the name implies, delicious. Eating one right off the tree was a transcendent experience for me. Also if you make applesauce with them it tastes like caramel 10/10 would recommend. Source your apples better.

    1. I can imagine Golden Delicious applesauce is pretty good. I plan on adding a new section of apple categories with top 5 per category such as “tart apples” “applesauce” etc… perhaps then Golden Delicious will receive an accolade

    2. I, too, am drawn to these so-called “mushy, bland, juiceless” apple, and find myself shuddering to think what imposters the writer of this article must have sampled! I suppose everyone prefers their own sort of cheese.

    3. I believe you would love the “Yellow Quonzar Apple” I had once on the “Big Island” of Samoa. It was late summer, 2021 and I was staying with my aunt in her run down shack she called a home. It was painfully hot, I was laying on the searing sand, attempting to forget the life choices that had brought me to this place. A neighbor, known as “Bip” for the way he walked with a long limp settled down next to me. He held out his hand without a word. I had expected it to contain a local alcoholic drink known as Kava but instead it was a shinnying yellow apple. I searched his eyes for meaning. I didnt need to say a word, I understood what he wanted from me. I took the apple and immediately noticed it’s similarities to a Golden Delicious. However, there was one stark distinction, the apple had a very thin skin that seemed almost bursting with juice. I took a bite and my face was splashed with clear, sweet, and sticky fluid. My mouth was filled with rich soft pulp that reminded me of honey, of caramel, and with a hint of lavender. It took me less than a minute to consume the whole thing.

      After, Bip told me the apple is only grown in a private orchard located within the jungle on the eastern part of the island. The apples are only grown for the family that owns the plantation, except the workers tend to steal some for home (like Bip). I have never had the opportunity to taste once and will probably never get a chance again.

  2. I had a couple of these bad boys off the tree, once, from a local-ish fruit farm. Dinky in size, but worlds better than what gets sold in the produce isle. Saddens me that most people cant experience a golden delicious in its ideal state, but if you ever get the chance I reccomend trying one fresh picked, if you haven’t already.

  3. I agree with some commenters that fresh off a tree, these are much better than you’re led to believe. But now that I’m much further from apple trees and stuck with supermarket quality, they’re a strong pass.

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  5. I believe in golden delicious apples supremacy!!! They are charismatic, inoffensive, and a flat out delight <3 extra delicious when dusted with cinnamon sugar. If you want to talk abt lack of taste and juiciness, I think we can all agree that the real enemy is the Granny Smith!

    1. Like the golden delicious, the granny smith apple can be so much better than the average grocery store examples you’ll find. Granny smiths are my favorite apple, but you have to know how to pick the delicious ones that don’t taste like cardboard. I’ve had a lot more success with organic grannies than conventionally-grown ones, so the slight upcharge is well worth it to me. Of course, if you can get one right off the tree, that’s even better.

  6. Simply untrue!!! Idk where you’re getting your Golden Delicious from but my local Giant Eagle sells some and they’re straight out of heaven. In all honesty, I like them better than honeycrisps (I’m not sure why, but the ones I buy always taste like cleaner.) Maybe I’m buying bizarro apples.

  7. A lot of people commenting to “get it off the tree”, seem to forget that, for many people, that’s just not an option. If anything, it detracts further from the apple’s availability and accessibility by having to go directly to the source just to get a better taste of the apple. Very few are that committed. I have fond memories of the Golden Delicious, but I haven’t had one in a long time. Maybe one day, I’ll give it another go and see how it’s changed.

  8. I remember Golden Delicious from when I was a kid begging my mom to get them instead of Red Delicious. I seem to remember saying that the Red Delicious apples tasted like wax. The trauma caused by having to choose between these had me swear off apples for years.

  9. I absolutely love the golden delicious apple it’s on the top of my list. And I see people saying Honeycrisp apple is the best but to me that tastes like garbage. I don’t know what it wrong with these people the golden delicious is all out best.

  10. Here in Massachusetts, many of the local orchards grow Golden Delicious and they are just fabulous. Sweet, with a great crunchy texture and an edible skin. They are picked very late in the season, so we wait and take a drive out to the orchard when they become available. I don’t disagree with your assessment of the Goldens that show up in supermarkets, which apparently come from the Northwest. They are awful, per your review, but the locally grown ones, at least in NE, are a treasure and my favorite. Please be fair to the Golden (and the orchards that grow them) and consider a separate review for the non-industrial version.

    1. I’m in the NW and often buy the ripe ones in stores or eat them fresh off trees. Both are great and the apple has always gives me good feelings when I see them.

      Yes they’re soft but that combos with their sweetness and lack of tart to make a pleasant apple to snack on. Like the local replacement for ripe bananas.

  11. Good golden delicious apples are my ideal apple. Unfortunately, bad ones are terrible, mealy, nasty things that are only better than red delicious by virtue of a less bitter peel, and I haven’t found a consistent way of telling which kind I’m getting until I bite into it.

  12. My parents would take us to an apple orchard in either eastern Nebraska or western Iowa in the late 60s to early 70s. That was my first intro to Golden Delicious and I thought these were the best apples I’d ever had. If offered, I’d always take a Golden Delicious over a Red. Over the years, ever, they seem to have become mealy, bland, lacking in punch and I don’t think it’s my taste buds getting older. I like Fuji, Pink Lady and Honey Crisp apples but they all have their minuses. Enter the Snapdragon. Wow! Had my first one yesterday and went back and got a dozen more from the grocers today. This is very reminiscent of what the Golden Delicious apples my siblings and I had between 1968 and 1974 in Omaha. I hope these aren’t a fluke. I’ve tried all kinds of apples and will continue to eat the ones I’ve mentioned (save for Red Delicious – it isn’t) but I absolutely am sold on the Snapdragon replacing the Golden Delicious as the apple I remember from my childhood.

  13. An apple of mild taste, and a firm, rather hard exterior. Really crisp but perhaps overly so?

    Not something I would seek out again, unless I wanted to plonk someone on the head from a distance.

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