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Red Delicious

Red Delicious is still king of Washington’s apple crop

Washington State will harvest 125 million boxes of fresh apples this fall, according to the apple industry’s first official estimate of the season.

That’s about 25 million fewer than harvested last year and 15 million boxes less than were shipped during the 2014-5 season.

All varieties will be down from last year, with the exception of Honeycrisp, which is forecast to rise to 8.9 million boxes, up from 6.7 million last year, and Cripps Pink/Pink Lady, which is forecast at 4.5 million boxes, up from 4.1 million last year. Granny Smith should be about the same as last year at 16.4 million boxes.

The Red Delicious crop, still the state’s number-one variety by volume, is forecast at 31.6 million boxes, down more than 25 percent from last season’s shipments, and Golden Delicious should come in at 8.6 million boxes, also down about 25 percent from last season, according to figures released by the Washington State Tree Fruit Association.

The Gala crop is estimated at 29.2 million and the Fuji crop at 17.2 million, both slight reductions from last season.