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West Virginia's State Fruit

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The Golden Delicious Apple


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The Golden Delicious apple first appeared on a tree in Clay County around 1900. In 1995, the West Virginia Legislature adopted the Golden Delicious apple as the State Fruit. West Virginia is the native home of the Golden Delicious apple, the state’s second major horticultural contribution to the commercial apple industry. The first was the Grimes Golden, discovered on the farm of Thomas Grimes near Wellsburg in the early 1800s. (e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia "Golden Delicious." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 11 September 2019.)

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e-West Virginia Golden Delicious Apple Information