Turkey Knob offers a direct mail service for customers in the United States. The apples sold through this service are our top U.S. Extra Fancy Grade fruit. Customers can choose from either a 10-pound or 20-pound box. These Gift Boxes can be personalized with individual notes and make a wonderful, healthy, flavorful gift for friends, family members, business associates, employees or clients. The Gift Boxes can be ordered online or by calling us at (540)896-3079.
Of the newer apple varieties, many consumers think Fuji is the best apple grown. This apple has all the attributes that make it a great apple . . . it’s sweet to eat, crisp and juicy in salads or on fruit trays and best of all, holds up exceptionally well for baking in pies and cobblers. Fuji apples will keep for weeks in garages and other protected unheated places during the winter months. Fujis history is pure American. It is a cross of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. The Ralls Janet apple was grown in central Virginia for many years. Some say Thomas Jefferson, an avid orchardist, introduced the Ralls apple to Virginia, after his tenure as Ambassador to France.
Empire Apples were first developed in the 1940’s at the Agricultural Experiment Station by Cornell University’s Geneva breeding program.
In 1966 they were introduced to the market place and given their name as homage to the Empire State they were created in, New York.
Empire apples can be roasted, baked or sautéed. Their crisp flesh and sweet tart flavor make them perfect for fresh salads also.
Empire apples are bright red with faint white striations; its top is capped with a light green blush. They are a medium sized apple and round with a creamy white interior. Crisp and juicy, it’s flavor is a combination of Red Delicious and a tart McIntosh.
We know Virginia Gold is the best of the golden apples, a real Virginia treasure. It was
developed at Virginia Tech in the 1940's by crossing a Virginia-grown Golden Delicious
and an Albemarle Pippin, a late, very hard apple which was Thomas Jefferson’s
favorite. Virginia Gold has a gleaming rose blush on a green skin. It is a late apple,
picked in mid-October. Because of its heritage, it is very firm and crisp and keeps a long
time in cool temperatures. Virginia Gold has a sweet-tarte flavor, however, it is not as
sweet as the Fuji.
The Honeycrisp apple has a wonderfully sweet/tart flavor and the cream colored flesh is
explosively crunchy and juicy. It can be recognized by its bright red and pale green
outer skin. The apple was developed at the University of Minnesota and is a hybrid of the apple
cultivars Macoun and Honeygold. Honeycrisp apples are wonderful for eating fresh, as a snack, but they are also great in
salads, for baking and cooking.
The Golden Delicious is a favorite of many apple fanciers-- and for good reason. It has a
distinctive mellow-flavored, yellow-colored flesh. It is outstanding eaten fresh and is an
excellent baking apple. Apple butter made with Golden Delicious is sweet enough for
most tastes without adding sugar. It keeps well if refrigerated. Golden Delicious is a
chance seedling discovered by A.H. Mullins of Clay County, West Virginia, about 1890.
It was originally called Mullins Yellow Seedling. The Turkey Knob® Golden Delicious
looks different than other Golden Delicious apples found in local grocery stores. Turkey
Knob® Golden Delicious often have a little roughness to their muted yellow-green skin.
This roughness is called russet and adds character but doesn't affect the excellent
Red Delicious, the largest selling apple in the world, was found on the farm of Jesse
Hiatt in Peru, Iowa, in the 1870's. This is the ultimate in a fresh eating apple. Its
beautiful red color contributes to its popularity. The Stark Brothers tree nursery in
Missouri first named it "Hawkeye". However, the story behind its name today is rather
interesting. When C.M. Stark bit into a prize-winning apple at the Stark Brothers apple
show, he is said to exclaim, "My, that's delicious . . . and that's the name for it". Turkey
Knob® Red Delicious apples certainly live up to their name. Our apples are carefully
grown for taste rather than for looks. We allow our apples to ripen naturally on the tree
and pick them while firm and bursting with Mr. Stark's red delicious flavor.
The Gala apple has a royal heritage. Though foreign born, it grows very well in Virginia,
which enjoys a royal heritage also. Gala is a cross of Kidd’s Orange Red and Golden
Delicious, developed in New Zealand in 1934 by J. Hutton Kidd. This honey-flavored
apple is small in size with creamy rose colored skin. A strain of Gala was named "Royal
Gala" after the apple was given to Queen Elizabeth II. She was so impressed with the
apple, she ordered more. The Queen of Holland visited an orchard growing gala apples
in 1971 and was impressed by their flavor. The Gala is an early apple, ripening in mid to
late August. Galas are best eaten fresh. Refrigerate Gala as you would a peach.
Ginger Gold was discovered as a chance seedling in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in
1969, after a hurricane destroyed an orchard. It is thought to be descended from the
Albemarle Pippin and Golden Delicious and was first introduced commercially in 1982.
Ginger Gold is a very large, yellow-green apple with a slight blush. It’s an early apple,
ripening in early August. Like a summer fruit, it is delicate and refreshing. The sweet,
tart, cream-colored flesh does not turn brown after cutting. Ginger Gold is an excellent
eating apple and perfect for fall picnics, salads and fresh fruit trays. Ginger Gold needs
to be kept refrigerated.
Granny Smith apples have a firm, crunchy texture with green skin, sometimes with a
slight pink blush. Their tart flavor makes them good eating apples, and they are
especially popular for use in apple pies. Maria Smith discovered a seedling growing out
of a pile of discarded crabapples in Australia in 1868. Several local orchards began
growing the apples she named after herself, Granny Smith. The apple was introduced
as a commercial variety in England in 1935 and brought to the United States in 1972.
The Rome apple was introduced in Rome Township, Ohio in the mid-1800s. An apple
tree sent up a shoot from below the graft and no one pruned it. When the shoot began
to bear beautiful, dark red fruit, people began taking slips. Soon the Rome apple
became well-established throughout the region.
Rome apples are quite large, a deep red, and are known for their long storage
capability. Just picked, Rome's flavor is semi-tart, but is enhanced when cooked or
sautéed, which makes Rome a good candidate for cooking and baking. The pale, firm
flesh makes this apple a favorite, whether eaten fresh or baked in a pie!
Cooking enhances the flavor.
Stayman is an all-purpose apple. Its rich, sweet-tart flavor makes it a good eating apple.
Stayman’s firm texture holds its shape when cooked, making it excellent for cooking and
baking. The first Stayman apple tree grew from a Winesap seed planted by Dr. J.
Stayman on his farm in Leavenworth, Kansas. It was introduced commercially in 1895
by Stark Brothers Nurseries.
This new medium-to- large, late apple variety was developed in Western Australia by
crossing Golden Delicious and Lady Williams. This is the first truly pink apple, and it
stands out from all the reds and yellows in the grocery store. Its exceptionally sweet,
tangy flavor, fizzy effervescence, and healthy crunch create an eating experience
unmatched in other apples.
Pink Lady's ®long shelf life has made it a favorite with consumers, as well as retailers.
The cells in Pink Lady's® flesh are very finely grained so they hold their juice, which
positions this apple to be one of the top favorites with consumers. Very good for eating
fresh or in salads. Good for sauce, freezing and baking.
Albemarle Pippin has a rich flavor and a firm, juicy texture. It is excellent for cooking or
eating fresh. It is considered to be the best cider apple. Its flavor improves with storage.
Albemarle Pippin was discovered in New York in 1759. It may have come from England
about 1666. It was grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. This apple
was a favorite of Queen Victoria, and was the only food she exempted from the import
tax. Its popularity faded because it is difficult to grow.
This unique apple was discovered in York, Pennsylvania, in the 1800's. Yorks grow best
in certain areas of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. The shape of a York makes it
unique since it is a large apple, flat on the top with angled sides. The taste is sweet, with
yellow, honeyed flesh that is quite dense and textured. Yorks were popular with
Virginia's early settlers because they kept all winter long in cool dirt cellars, just like a
fine wine. A month in storage after picking brings out the Yorks' unique flavors. While
the York is a wonderful eating apple, it's one of the few apples to retain the shape of a
slice when used in baking. This makes it a "must-have: for serious apple-pie bakers.
Jonagold Apples were first discovered in 1968 at the New York State Experiment Station. They like to be grown in mildly cool conditions and are not heat tolerant. They have however been very successful in Europe, particularly in Belgium and are responsible for making the region one of the leading apple producers in Europe.
A popular dessert apple, the Jonagold can be used in a variety of sweet preparations. They can be baked, stuffed, used in sauces, preserves and jam.
Jonagold apples have an under blush which varies in color from greenish yellow to rosy orange. The skin is covered with red spotting and vertical striping. They are large with crisp, juicy flesh and creamy yellow in color. Sweet-tart taste is from both parents, the Jonathan Golden Delicious.