Local apple will make shoppers see red; let retailers see green
Virginia Jonathan apples are the first red apples available in the fall. When they appear in stores, shoppers are quick to pick them up as the perfect choice for school lunch snacks and candy apples.

For retailers, it's time to harvest profits by reminding customers that Jonathan is the ideal all-purpose apple. It is an excellent choice for snacking, cooking and baking. Despite their down-to-earth qualities, Virginia Jonathan apples also have an exotic side. Their flavor is a unique blending of sweet and tart and their appearance combines light red stripes over yellow or deep red.

Shoppers look for the fall return of local Jonathan apples:
Distinctive coloration
* First red apple of the fall
* Light red stripes over yellow or deep red

All-purpose apple
* Great for snacking with sweet-tart taste
* Firm texture perfect for cooking
* Round and firm

Virginia Jonathan apples
* Locally grown so your customers know they're flavorful and fresh
* Old time favorite

Retailers can see sales grow with the arrival of the first red apples
Locally grown freshness
* Just-picked flavor
* Next day delivery form local Virginia orchards

Packed for your convenience
* Packed in tray packs or
* Shipped in bags
* PLU stickering available

Available only in the fall
* Virginia Jonathan apples available starting September

General Characteristics

  • Parentage: Espopus Spitzenberg seedling
  • Origin: United States 1864
  • 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

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.


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.