York Imperial

The Star of Apple Prime Time
Apple fans know and love York for its intense tart/sweet flavor, firm flesh and distinctive shape. York apples sell well during prime apple months-mid-October through February.

Nature's Perfect Keeper
Mother Nature created this marvel all on her own: an apple that holds its crisp texture over time, while becoming mellower and sweeter tasting. The York variety was discovered early last century, near York, Pennsylvania. Consistent solid sales have earned York Imperial a place on the top ten apple variety production list.

Shoppers Want Virginia York Imperials
* Crisp and flavorful throughout the season
* Recognizable "lop-sided" shape
* Deep red with green streaks
* Fresh flavor favorite
* First choice for holding texture during cooking and freezing

Retailers Love Virginia York Imperials
* Mid-October through February-the heart of apple season Extended Shelf Life
* Famous for holding texture and flavor-they actually sweeten in storage!

Sized and Packed to Sell
* Tray packs and bags
* PLU stickering available
* Reliable Supply
* Grown in quantity, famous for their performance in storage, you and your customers can depend on steady availability of Virginia York Imperials.

General Characteristics

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  • Origin: United States York, Pennnsylvania1830
  • Ripening period: Mid season
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General characteristics courtesy of OrangePippin.com

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.

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.