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Distinctive Tart Flavor

The Gravenstein originated in  Denmark where it was used for brandy production, apple cider, apple sauce, and as a cooking apple.

Firm, snappy, light green with red stripes and a wonderful distinctive flavor. Gravenstein Apple (Red Gravenstein) is an improved strain of the old favorite cooking apple with darker red stripes. It has an excellent tart flavor and famous for sauces, baking and fresh use.

Pick the apples frequently because of uneven ripening. This can be somewhat controlled by heavy pruning.

The Red Gravenstein is a hardy variety and can withstand difficult conditions.

* Light Green with Red Striped Fruit
* Distinctive Flavor
* Prolonged Picking Season

Recommended pollinators: McIntosh, Yellow Transparent, Red Jonathon

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Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
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4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
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#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
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Size Volume
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#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Beloved Early Season Gravenstein Apple

The Gravenstein apple was discovered in Denmark in the 1600's and named Grasten, meaning Graystone. In the United States, the Gravenstein owes part of its popularity to the Russians early occupation of the California Sonoma Coast, who left the seed for what would become the mainstay of Sonoma County, the Gravenstein Apple.

In the late 1700's the Russian Fur traders had begun to settle in Alaska, but found the climate was not conducive to growing crops they were used to growing. Looking for a better location to continue to hunt and farm crops to supply the fur trappers along the coast, a site along the Sonoma coast was settled in 1811 and Fort Ross was erected.

This did not turn out well for the Russians, as the climate of the coast was heavy in summer fog and very few of the crops were successful. The one food crop that was successive were the Gravenstein Apples they had planted. Unsuccessful farming resulted in a brief stay and by 1841, the Russians sold out to John Sutter, who gutted the fort to build his fort in Sacramento. In 8 years, it would become the center of the California Gold rush.

The Gravenstein apple orchards left at Fort Ross were not well cared for, but the plants were ideally suited to the climate of the coast and survived well. It appears that cutting wood was taken from the trees regularly and the Gravenstein apple began to appear throughout Sonoma County during the mid-1800's.

Luther Burbank, the famous plant breeder of Sonoma County, was a particular fan of the Gravenstein. In 1883, a young farmer Nathaniel Griffith, interested in growing apples, asked the advice of Luther Burbank on what apple varieties he would recommend. Burbank recommends he plant his 78 acres in Gravenstein Apples. This began a very successful business for Mr. Griffith with demand for his apples quickly coming from as far away as southern California. By the early 1900's, more than 10,000 plus acres are planted in Sonoma county.

In the years to come, Gravenstein would become one of the most popular early season apples, but this would not last. The Gravenstein Apple had two failings: one was its varied set from light to heavy, year to year, and second was its short shelf-life. The Gravenstein was not a keeper-shipper.

The more modern apples hybridized for shipping and storage, along with the more profitable grape-growing for the wine industry, would see the demise of the Gravenstein apple industry in Sonoma beginning in the late 1970's. Today, there are less than 700 acres still in production.

Still famous for its pies, fresh eating, juicing, and sauces, along with its wide range of adaptability, the Gravenstein Apple remains one of the most popular of the home garden variety planted today.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Gravenstein Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-9
Growing Zones 2-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Malus 'Gravenstein'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years