Red Delicious

A red-hot opportunity for sales of a locally grown, fresh, all-time favorite
Virginia Red Delicious apples -- the apple of everyone's eye and palate -- are now available fresh from the orchards at their juicy and flavorful best.

Their crisp, sweet flesh, makes Virginia Red Delicious apples ideal for lunches, snacks and salads and a refreshing addition when baked into such quick treats as pancakes, muffins and crisps.

Customers go for Local Virginia Red Delicious apples:
Great color and shape
* Striped to solid red
* Has the uniform shape customers are looking for

Unbeatable flavor
* Great for salads because of the crisp texture and sweet taste
* A tasty fast snack or quick bite
* Sweet, juicy, firm, crisp

Virginia Red Delicious Apples
* Locally grown so your customers know they're flavorful and fresh.

A red-hot opportunity for retailers:
Locally grown freshness
* Just picked flavor
* Next day delivery from local Virginia orchards
* Extended display life of two weeks
* Withstand store handling

Packed for your convenience
* Packed in tray packs or
* Shipped in bags
* PLU stickering available
* Consistent supply of 88 and larger sizes

Ready for red-hot sales from fall to spring
* Available mid-September through March

General Characteristics

  • Parentage: Delicious
  • Origin: United States 
  • Ripening period: 
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • 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.


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.

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.