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How the Golden Delicious apple was born in WV


CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – While the Golden Delicious (Malus domestica) apple is one of West Virginia’s state symbols, not many can claim to know how it came to be that way as well as why exactly it holds such significance to West Virginia.

It all started on the Mullins family farm, an Odessa hamlet in Clay County, West Virginia. In 1891, a 15-year-old J.M. Mullins discovered a wayward seedling sprouting while he was tending the field, possibly sprouted from a discarded Grimes Golden seed, according to

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