My medium-large Golden Delicious is a cheerful yellow tinged with green. It has distinctive dark green lenticels that fade to nearly nothing on the blushed area, which is a faint orange pink.
My example is ribbed and conical, with a round ridge of chins at the bottom, and theres a small stellation of russet radiating within the stem well.
I think of Golden Delicious as having a characteristic sweet fragrance, but my sample has almost no aroma at all.
Its flesh is crisp and juicy, a fine-grained light yellow. Golden Delicious is sweet and though there is a little balancing tartness—more than I'd expected—individual flavor notes are difficult to tease out. It is mild but flavorful.
I was surprised, however, to find a hint of the same vegetable tobacco note that is also present in Arkansas Black. (It would be an understatement to say that these are very different apples.)
There is also a bit of pear and honey. The texture is quite firm.
This variety is a classic, flavorful and easy to eat.
Golden Delicious is a giant among apples, popular with growers, eaters, and breeders, who mine its genome for this variety's even mild sweetness, attractive appearance, and durability.
Golden Delicious was originally a chance seedling found more than a century ago in West Virginia, where it has been the state fruit since 1995.