We found a little place in the Catoctins that sells THE BEST applesauce EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!! Sweetened and unsweetened. Plain or with spices. Made from yellow Delicious apples. To die for!!!!!
I have found that the Golden Delicious apples one buys in the grocery store, taste markedly differently from the apples you pick right from the tree.
Last year I went to the orchard and I usually steer clear of golden and red delicious, however, I had parked the car right under one, and reached out and plucked a beautiful greenish yellow apple...and it was soooooo good! I picked a whole bushel of them.
However, I don't care how fresh they are, the ones in the store, are not the same. Short shelf life? Perhaps the sugars change the texture and the sweetness really quickly.
I just know that if you put them side by side and did a taste test, you would swear they were not the same apple.