Why you should be excited
Virginia Gold is a 1970s-bred apple from the U.S. South that has won plenty of praise in taste-testings.
The story of Virginia Gold
This modern cross of old U.S. favourites Newtown Pippin and Golden Delicious has won a lot of favour in its native Virginia as well as elsewhere over recent years.
With the winning combination of a pretty appearance -- it's a yellow apple with a most pleasant pink blush -- and outstanding flavour -- you'll find plenty of sweetness here, as well as balancing sharpness -- it's a variety that might just become more widely planted as the years go by.
A particularly valuable bonus is the fact that Virginia Gold stores well, actually improving in flavour and sweetening over time spent in storage.
Keep your eye on this winner of a relatively recent variety.
Virginia Gold Facts
Bred at Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 1976.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The firm flesh of this perennial taste-test winner has an excellent balance of sweet and tart.
This pretty yellow-skinned apple has a very attractive pink/red blush.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in late October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).