Ginger Gold

The Summer Apple That Tastes Like Fall
Get a jump on autumn apple sales with an apple that has the succulent bite and rich taste of just harvested fall apples. Only fresh Virginia Ginger Gold apples are available for retailers from Mid August through October.

Virginia's own apple
If the name Ginger Gold is unfamiliar, that's because it is a recentaddition to the list of apple varieties. It was discovered growing among the twisted uprooted trees in a Virginia orchard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Its ancestors are the Golden Delicious and Albermarle Pippin apples.

Customers go for Virginia Ginger Gold apples
Great taste and bite
*Crisp texture and excellent taste

Great looks
*Greenish gold skins with a slight blush

Great all around apple
*Doesn't discolor when cut, maintaining crisp white flesh - a natural for salads, slices and chunks or garnishes
*Great as a snack eaten out of hand
*Wonderful multi-purpose cooking and baking apple that holds its shape when cooked

Retailers go for Virginia Ginger Gold apples
*Earliest local fresh apple available in the fall
*Ready for sale from mid August through October

Excellent shelf life
*10 - 14 days

Packed for retailers needs
*Packed in tray packs
*Shippers will also provide various bag sizes, bins or bulk
*PLU stickering available

Fast shipping
*Next day delivery from local Virginia orchards - fresh, quality apples for your customers

General Characteristics

  • Parentage: Possibly Golden Delicious and Albemarle Pippin
  • Origin: United States Nelson County, Virginia1960s
  • Ripening period: Early season
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Triploid: 
  • General disease resistance:  
General characteristics courtesy of

The following Virginia orchards grow this variety

Key Virginia Varieties


A modern sweet variety, reminiscent of Red Delicious.


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


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.


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

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.

Granny Smith

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


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.


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


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


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.


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.

Pink Lady®

One of the best-known modern apples.

Red Delicious

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

Rome Beauty

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


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


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

York Imperial

Good cooking/baking apple and excellent keeper.