An article from last week’s Washington Post asks Why the Red Delicious No Longer Is. It’s interesting reading.
After years of avoiding apples I’ve started eating them almost daily. It seemed to me that these apples weren’t as good as they used to be, and I was right. Modern Red Delicious apples are just about tasteless, except for those that have a thin, sour aftertaste.
The growers and the distributors and the marketers were so engrossed in
their preconceived notions of what the consumer wanted (shiny, crayon
red) that they lost sight of the most important thing about any fruit:
the taste. Habit and interia will let you slide by with lower quality
for a little while, but eventually people will start to drift away.
After that point it’s very hard to get them back.
I prefer Fuji apples lately. I have fond memories of Winesap apples
from my childhood, but they never turn up in grocery stores anymore.
Maybe I should check out a few roadside stands. My father-in-law grows
apples, too, and his are very good, if a bit tart. I’m not sure what
variety they are.