Golden Delicious

A Golden Opportunity for Retailers
The flavor of Virginia Golden Delicious apples is exceptional and, because of an extended shelf life, these apples will last and last. The lightly textured green/gold skin of the Goldens protects the crisp interior and helps retain its sweet juiciness.

Great as a snack or a lunchbox treat, their firm flesh makes Virginia Golden Delicious apples ideal for salads, pies, applesauce, apple butter and anything else that calls for sliced or cooked apples.

Customers go for local Golden Delicious apples:
Great looks and flavor
* Sweet taste, crisp texture and juicy inside
* Appealingly uniform shape

Versatility - when flavor is important
* Great for salads because the flesh stays white longer
* Ideal for baking and cooking
* A favorite for applesauce and apple butter
* A tasty, fast snack or quick bite

Virginia Goldens
* Locally grown so customers know they're fresh

Goldens - Worth their weight in great sales:
* Just picked flavor
* Next day delivery from local Virginia orchards

* Packed in tray packs or
* Shipped in bags, bins or bulk
* PLU stickering available

* Mid-September through April

General Characteristics

  • Parentage: Grimes Golden ???
  • Origin: United States West Virginia1890s
  • Ripening period: Late season
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Triploid: Diploid
  • 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.

Ginger Gold

An attractive yellow apple from Virginia

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.