Ask most people to name a few common apple varieties and golden delicious will likely be one of them. The Golden has been included in many lunch boxes, finishing a noon meal with a mild yet sweet flavor. However, if one can obtain a fresh Golden Delicious from a local orchard, its taste will far out pace the supermarket representatives.
Mr. Jenkins planted the Golden Delicious due in part to its service as a pollinator for the other apple trees in the orchard.
According to the website from Big Horse Creek Farm in Lansing, NC, ‘Golden Delicious arose as a seedling on the farm of Anderson Mullins of Clay Co., West Virginia, in 1912. It is believed to be a cross of Grimes Golden, another fine old West Virginia apple, and Golden Reinette. The propagation rights for the apple were sold to Stark Brothers Nursery in 1914 who immediately erected a steel fence around the tree to prevent theft of scionwood for illegal propagation. However, some cuttings were eventually stolen and sold under the name of Yellow Delicious. Fruit is large, conic to round in shape with mostly smooth golden yellow skin with occasional russet patches.’