The Red Delicious originated at an orchard in 1880. In the 1980s, the variety represented three-quarters of the harvest in Washington State. The Red Delicious apple looks great for a long duration and thus are the favored choice for holiday centerpieces and wreaths.
Known as Mutsu in its native Japan, Crispin looks like a large Golden Delicious and indeed one of its parents is Golden Delicious so it has the lovely sweet honeyed flavor. Crispins are also known as ‘oven busters’ – take a big one home and bake it and you have a feast for two and you don’t need many for a deep apple pie!