Tuesday, October 19, 2021

What Happened to the Red Delicious Apple?

When the red delicious apple was developed a hundred years ago, it was supposedly the best-tasting apple around. But the variety became a victim of its own popularity, as the apple was altered to suit the industry. Oh yeah, it stayed popular for a long time after it lost its taste, until there were better apples to replace it.

What we have in this video is really a history of apples that leads up to the rise and fall of the red delicious. A neat story altogether, but it bothers me that the host cites Charles Darwin to explain crossbreeding of plants to develop new varieties when it should have been Gregor Mendel. (via reddit)

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