Gravenstein AppleLate Summer. Thought to be of Russian, Italian or German origin, before 1700. Brought to the U.S. in the early 19th century.
Probably the most famous of all pie apples. Rightly so. It’s great. By 1880 it was also the most popular summer apple in Maine, especially along the coast. Fruit is medium to large, irregularly round, asymmetrical, usually ribbed. Thin tender skin, striped with yellow, red and orange. Tender crisp aromatic richly flavored juicy firm tart flesh. Outstanding eating and cooking. Rated “very good to best” by Beach in The Apples of New York.
Still commonly grown in Nova Scotia, northern California, Oregon and Washington. Large vigorous productive tree with a nearly perfect wide-angle branching habit that requires practically no training. Ripens over several weeks. Too tender for coldest areas of New England. Triploid: not suitable for pollinating other varieties. Blooms early. Zone 4 or 5. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)
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