Popular apple varieties grown in Virginia

Cameo

A modern sweet variety, reminiscent of Red Delicious.

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Empire

One of the best McIntosh-style apples, with a good sweet vinous flavor, and easy to grow.

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Fuji

Developed in Japan, but an all-American cross of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. A very attractive modern apple, crisp, sweet-flavored, and keeps well.

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Gala

One of the most widely-grown apple varieties, with a sweet pleasant flavour, and good keeping qualities.

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Ginger Gold

An attractive yellow apple from Virginia

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Golden Delicious

Undoubtedly one of the most important apple varieties of the 20th century, both as a commercial variety in its own right, and as breeding stock for many other varieties. Very good flavor when picked from Virginia trees.

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Granny Smith

The most instantly-recognized of all apples, and perhaps Australia's most famous export.

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Honeycrisp

Sometimes marketed as Honey Crisp, this is a crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the USA. It was developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and is one of the most cold-hardy of apple varieties.

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Idared

Idared is notable for its exceptional keeping qualities. It has a pleasant mild but undistinguished apple flavor.

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Jonagold

A very popular commercial variety, with a good flavor. Inherits many of the good qualities of its parents Jonathan and Golden Delicious.

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Jonathan

A classic American variety, and widely regarded as one of the best flavored with a good sweet/sharp balance. A precocious and productive tree in US apple-growing regions.

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Nittany

Crisp, juicy yellow flesh tart apple, 3 to 3.25 inches in diameter. About 50 to 90% of the surface is covered with a dull red color. Shape is truncate to conical. Good eaten fresh but also good choice for a cooking apple as it holds its shape when cooked.

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Pink Lady®

One of the best-known modern apples.

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Red Delicious

One of the most famous American apple varieties, a sport of Delicious, known for its bright red color.

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Rome Beauty

An extremely attractive and productive red cooking apple, widely-grown in North America.

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Stayman

An old American dual-purpose apple variety, popular in Virginia. Descended from Winesap, and in most respects an even better apple.

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Winesap

Often known as Virginia Winesap, a tart small apple, and like many US heirloom varieties, keeps well in store.

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York Imperial

Good cooking/baking apple and excellent keeper.

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