The popularity of Red Delicious apples is on the decline and will soon lose its status as the volume leader in the Washington apple industry. In the 2017/18 crop, Red Delicious apples only make up 25 percent, a 5 percent drop from recent years.

Gala apples are estimated to make up 23 percent of the new crop and are on track to surpass Red Delicious either this season or next season.

This story originally appeared in The Packer