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East Peru, Iowa
Population: 125

“The Red Delicious is a clone of apple cultigen, now comprising more than 50 cultivars, recognized in Madison County, Iowa, United States, in 1880. As new cultivars with improved color and earlier harvestability have replaced the original cultivar in commercial orchards, the taste and texture of the harvested commodity have deteriorated, and many customers have begun to accept the ‘Red Delicious’ as being a markedly inferior tasting variety at the food market.  Roger Yepsen notes some of its less desirable qualities, ‘The skin is thick and bitter and has to be chewed vigorously… this apple ranks close to the bottom when cooked… sold year round, so shop with skepticism. Delicious retains its cheerful good looks long after its flavor has departed.’ According to the US Apple Association website it is one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the United States.”