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Red Delicious apples are nothing like their 1800s beginnings

Red Delicious apples, like these growing in New Paltz, are one of the leading commercial apple varieties in the world. (Lee Reich/The Associated Press)
Red Delicious apples, like these growing in New Paltz, are one of the leading commercial apple varieties in the world. (Lee Reich/The Associated Press)
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The apple I handed my daughter was no ordinary Red Delicious. She was about to sink her teeth into more than a hundred years of history. Red Delicious — the kind you see at the supermarket — is one of the leading commercial apple varieties in the world. But this particular piece of fruit was something else: the original Red Delicious. And it’s rare today. For its origins, let’s backtrack to 1872. The place: Peru, ...


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