Granny Smith

Virginia Blushing Granny Smith Apples

There is something special on the apple cheeks of this Granny, a slight sun-kissed pink blush that makes Virginia Blushing Granny Smith apples an instant standout on any display.

This slightly unusual, always great tasting apple has extraordinary eye appeal, long shelf life, and versatility that customers love.

Virginia Blushing Granny Smiths can be enjoyed straight from the store, baked in a pie, or stewed into a sauce. And because the fruit keeps its color even when cut, these apples are ideal for salads. Virginia Blushing Granny Smith apples, get 'em while the blush is on!

Customers are rushing for Virginia Blushing Granny Smith Apples:
Gorgeous outside and in
* Green with pink blush
* Great size
* Doesn't brown when cut

Tart and Tasty
* Crisp, firm
* Store well
* Keeps shape when cooked. Ideal for pies, fried apples
* Super snack or salad

Virginia Blushing Granny Smith Apples
* A variety grown, sold and served with pride
* Yours from local growers

A plush opportunity for retailers:
Local freshness
* Picked ripe with the blush
* Just-picked flavor
* Next day delivery from local Virginia orchards
* Long shelf life

Choice packing options
* Tray packs
* Bags, bins or bulk
* PLU stickering available

Available late fall through spring

General Characteristics

  • Parentage: Possibly French Crab and Rome Beauty
  • Origin: Australia 1860s
  • Ripening period: Very-Late season
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: 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

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.


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.