Apples, Golden Delicious



The Golden Delicious apple was discovered in the early 1900s as a change seedling in West Virginia. It is very popular and is readily available in most markets year-round. The Golden Delicious apple is sweet, juicy, and crisp.  The general rule is: tart apples are great for baking, whereas sweeter apples make great hand fruit. The Golden Delicious is a great apple for eating out of hand and the texture is usually too soft and not suitable for baking or cooking, but don’t rule it out.

The three major apple-growing regions in the U.S. are the States of Washington, New York, and Michigan.

Receiving and Storage

When storing and handling apples, avoid dropping the case as they’re very susceptible to bruising–they’re still edible, but the bruising limits their shelf life and the bruises can also taste a little bitter.

Keep apples dry and wash them right before you use them, you don’t want them sitting in your refrigerator or your cooler wet, that breaks them down quicker.

You also want to keep them away from strongly scented items such as onions. An apple will absorb that onion flavor, and nobody really wants an apple that tastes like an onion. You don’t want to keep them near ethylene, it’s not sensitive, but it will shorten the shelf-life and it can make the apples a little mealy.

Recommended Storage Temperature

The recommended optimum storage temperature for the Golden Delicious apple is 32° – 40°F. We recommend you store them in the front part of your cooler (near the door). The temperature fluctuates from the front to the back of the cooler due to the location of the cooling unit and frequency of the door being opened. Download our PDF for more cooler storage hints.

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