"Red Delicious - We grow this variety because the grocery stores demand it, but we don't recommend it to our pick your own customers. While it is a good eating apple, almost all varieties surpass it. For all other purposes it is rated fair or poor."
This quote is direct from our local apple orchard. We have never liked Red Delicious apples very much. The skin has an unpleasant taste, and the flesh is usually mealy.
We just found it interesting that even an apple grower would point out that these apples aren't that good - and yet the grocery stores still demand them. Why is that, do you think?
Related: Harvest Month: Real Apples