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Virginia Apple Industry

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Apple Varieties

Apple Orchard

Virginia Apple Varieties

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Click on each apple below to learn more about the apple variety!

( please note: not all apple varieties have further information )

Thanks to Virginia's geographically diverse climate, landscape and agricultural regions, apple season begins in late July and peaks in October and November, with apple festivals and on-farm events taking place across the Commonwealth. Consumers can continue to source Virginia Apples at local markets, farm stands, and farmers' markets through April.

Cripps Pink Lady
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Cripps Pink (Pink Lady)

Crunchy texture and tart taste with a sweet finish. Ideal for fresh, out-of-hand eating. Also delicious in purees, salads and deserts, including pies and tarts.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

November

Empire
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Empire

McIntosh apple crossed with Red Delicious for unique taste. Crisp and excellent for snacks, desserts or salads.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

September

Very firm and unusually sweet. Red and green with stripes. First discovered in Japan- a new favorite here.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

November

Fuji

Sweet and very flavorful with orange striped skin and yellow flesh. A new favorite for snacks and salads.

Best used for:

Salad, Sauce

Orchard Availability:

August

Gala

Outstanding early season apple, fresh from the orchard. Sweet, juicy and firm.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

August

Gingegold

Sweet and mellow. Excellent for snacking, salads and cooking purposes.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

September

Golden Delicious

The famous green apple. Very firm, tart and juicy. Excellent for eating fresh and cooking purposes, especially pies.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

October

Granny Smith
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Honeycrisp

A popular pick for eating fresh out-of-hand. These hardy, ultra crisp and juicy apples have a honey sweet and tart flavor.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

August

Honeycrisp

Moderately tart. Delicious for snacking, salads and cooking.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

September

Jonagold
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Jonagold

Firm, sweet and great for pies. Offers a unique honey-tart flavor and crispy, juicy, nearly yellow flesh.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

September

Jonathan
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McIntosh

Juicy and slightly tart. Great for eating fresh and baking.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

August

McIntosh

Sweet and juicy. A favorite for snacks and salads.

Best for eating fresh out of hand.

Best used for:

Salad

Orchard Availability:

September

Red Delicious

Firm and slightly tart, the Rome is one of the best cooking apples. Perfect for pies, cakes, breads, cookies, stuffing, and quiche. Choice apple when making baked apples.

Best used for:

Pie, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

October

Rome

Firm, rich flavor and mildly tart. Great all-purpose apple.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

October

Stayman
Winesap

Rich red, crisp, and juicy inside. Excellent for eating fresh and cooking purposes. Great tasting and lasts long.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

November

Crisp, firm and tart. Excellent for eating fresh and cooking purposes.

Best used for:

Pie, Salad, Sauce, Baking

Orchard Availability:

October

York
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Apple varieties, orchard availability, and best apple uses presented in cooperation by The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Virginia Apple Growers Association.

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