The Red Delicious is a clone of apple cultigen, now comprising more than 50 cultivars, first recognized in Madison County, Iowa, in 1880. According to the US Apple Association website, it is one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the United States
As far as the health benefits of specific types of apples are concerned, a 2005 Canadian study ranked Red Delicious, Northern Spy and Ida Red as highest in antioxidants and reported that polyphenols, the major antioxidants in apples, are five times more prevalent in apple skin than in the flesh
A: Rome apples have such a deep, red pigmentation in the skin that sometimes it will “bleed” into the white flesh. It is not a dye or artificial coloring. It is completely harmless and natural. Some years it is worse than others because of growing conditions.