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Ginger Gold apple

Ginger Gold was discovered as a chance seedling growing near a Golden Delicious orchard in Virginia in the 1960s.  The color, shape, and distinctive long stalk all identify it as a relation of Golden Delicious, yet it has a much earlier season - ripening in mid/late August.  Unusually for an early apple, but again reflecting a Golden Delicious parentage, it is a good keeper and will last several weeks in the fridge.

The flavor is fairly mild, and a bit sharper than Golden Delicious but still sweet for an early variety.  It is equally good for eating fresh or processing.

Ginger Gold is generally considered one of the best early-season apples.

Last updated 01 Jan 2014.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 39

Visitor comments

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29 Aug 2018 
Bought some at a farmstand in Lancaster, Pa. Very disappointing. Too soft, bland taste. Probably been sitting around for a while.

29 Sep 2017 
Best apple ever. really gonna miss this guy. tastes so good.

12 Nov 2016 
Love this apple. Tart-sweet & crunchy. Delicious.

23 Oct 2015 
This apple is cruchy, good texture but I did not like the taste, too much like a granny smith.

16 Sep 2015 
One of the best apples I have had. I bought them from an orchard in Prince Edward County. I used them for eating and cooking and found them to be very flavourful and versatile.

18 Aug 2015 
I just bought some of these directly from their point of origin, Nelson County, VA, from the Apple Shed. Unbelievably good! I wish I had bought a few bushels!

12 Oct 2014 
Here in N central Kansas the ginger gold which I found at my local grocery were mushy, pretty much tasteless and past their prime for eating. They were so pretty to look at, but a disappointment from the first bite.

23 Sep 2013 
First time that we tasted this apple we were hooked. Crisp/sweet and a bit of tang make it a great eating apple. My wife is a fantastic cook and she made an apple pie using these apples as an experiment. Well the pie turned out great, the apples did not fall and the pie was perfect. No excessive water came out of the apples. Although we couldn't find anyone who recommended this variety for pie making, it works great.

17 Sep 2013 
Wonderful taste, but I like a crisp apple and Ginger Golds aren't, at least in Phoenix. I've found all apples to be a bit mushier here than when I lived in PA, but even in the best circumstances, these would be too mushy for my taste.

15 Sep 2013 
Just bought some of these from a local orchard. My mom (who doesn't usually like fruit) loves it. The apple is super juicy and crisp like honey crisp. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes granny smith (ick), because it has similar tartness but it's infinitely tastier. They're also very pretty. :) Can't comment on grocery store ones or on how long they keep - we won't have ours for long!

22 Oct 2012 
I live in upstate NY "apple country", so I've grown up spoiled with some of the best apples in the world. I used tob be a huge MacIntosh and Macoun fan, but after my first taste of Ginger Gold, I am hooked. They are available fresh much earlier than other varieties, and they keep well. Sweet, not too soft, wonderful texture.

09 Sep 2012 
There's a pick-your-own orchard near here that grows these. Once I tasted them, I pawned all the apples I'd already picked off on others, and filled my bag with these. Storebought versions of them just aren't the same. The finest apple I've had the opportunity to eat.

16 Jan 2011 
Delicious and beautiful pale yellow apple with fine grained crispy white flesh. Wonderful acidic kick, probably from its Pippin heritage. Glad Costco carries them from PA when in season - addictive.

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An attractive yellow apple from Virginia

Ginger Gold phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Possibly Golden Delicious and Albemarle Pippin
  • Originates from: Nelson County, Virginia, United States
  • Introduced: 1960s
  • Developed by: Ginger Harvey
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1576


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit shape: Long-conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Bloom qualities: Thin White
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Early season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very susceptible

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as highly susceptible - control always needed where CAR is prevalent.

  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart

Ginger Gold identification photos from website visitors

Ginger Gold
Ginger Gold

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 5th May  2015  - tree owned by Susan in Fitchburg, United States

2014 season

  • 17th May  2014  - tree owned by Cora in Roxbury, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • September  2015  - tree owned by Roger in Madison Heights, United States
  • August  2015  - tree owned by Susan in Fitchburg, United States

2014 season

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