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The Most Popular Apple Varieties in America

May 08, 2020

Find out what the US Apple Association says are the top apples.

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Who's America's Favorite Apple?

Originating in Iowa in the 1870s, for more than 50 years the Red Delicious apple has been the number one apple in America. But over the years, Red Delicious has also had a fair number of detractors. Some have called it "tasteless" and seen the apple as a symptom of the industrial farm move to grow produce that looks more appealing on supermarket shelves than it tastes. But this year, that glossy red-skinned classic was unseated by the Gala apple as America's most popular apple according to the U.S. Apple Association. Read on to see the top 5 apples in America as well as a host of other popular varieties.

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#1 Gala

With its mild, sweet and juicy flesh, the Gala is currently the favorite American apple according to the U.S. Apple Association. Galas were introduced to the United States in the 1970s and are a cross between Kidd's Orange Red and Golden Delicious apples.

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#2 Red Delicious

For decades the Red Delicious was the most popular American apple. But today's consumer is looking for apples that are sweeter and crunchier and the market is flooded with plenty of interesting varieties that fit the bill.

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#3 Granny Smith

The third most popular apple in America, the Granny Smith is an Australian native with a tart flavor that makes it a staple for baking.

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