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Apples

Available at: Carter Mountain Orchard and Chiles Peach Orchard

Chiles Peach Orchard apples

Fun Apple Facts

  • We grow many popular varieties including Ginger Gold, Gala, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Rome, Stayman, Winesap, York, Granny Smith, Fuji and Pink Lady. Many are available as Pick Your Own.
  • Our apple harvest typically begins in late July and extends through mid-November.
  • An average of 8-10 million bushels of apples are produced annually by Virginia growers. American apple growers produce over 255 million bushels annually, which equals just over one bushel of apples per person in the United States.
  • Local apple varieties require 90 to 175 growing days from spring bloom to fall harvest.
  • Depending on the type of root stock, 100 to 500 apple trees are planted to the acre.
  • Seventy percent of apples grown in Virginia are sold for processing and made into popular products such as applesauce, apple juice, apple butter, slices and cider.
  • Virginia apples are destined for markets in 15 states and more than 20 countries.

Apple Varieties

Variety Texture/Flavor Fresh Pie Salad Sauce Baking Availability
Albemarle Pippin Rich, crisp, fine-flavored. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark November
Braeburn Sweet and tart. Firm, crisp, and juicy. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October
Empire More sweet than tart. Extra crisp. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark September
Fuji Sweet, crisp, all purpose. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October
Gala Light texture, sweet. Great for eating fresh. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark August
Ginger Gold Sweet yet tart, crisp and juicy. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark August
Golden Delicious Sweet and mellow. Excellent for all uses. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark September
Granny Smith Tart, crisp, excellent for all purposes. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October
Jonagold Blend of tart Jonathan and sweet Golden. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark September
Jonathan Moderately tart. Good for all purposes. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark September
Mutsu/Crispin Sweet and slightly tart. Very firm, crisp and juicy. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October
Pink Lady Tangy, sweet, crunchy. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October
Red Delicious Tender juicy. Best for eating out of hand. Checkmark Checkmark September
Rome Firm, slightly tart. Excellent for baking. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October
Stayman/Winesap Sweet and slightly tart. Firm and juicy. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October
York Tart, crisp. Great for cooking or eating. Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark Checkmark October