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One of the Juciest Apples You'll Ever Enjoy!

The Winesap apple is an old apple variety whose history dates from the 1700s, but further developed in the 1800s'. It is still one of the leading strains being grown in the US.

Also knowns a StaymanWinesap, these apples are good for eating, juice, and baking. It is considered on of the juciest apples and this all-purpose apple has good keeping qualities. The red blooms in early spring are stunning.

The fruit is good sized. The flesh is very juicy and tart yellow and tinged with red and russet dots, sometimes red veins run through it. It is a firm, rather coarse, moderately crisp apple with a sprightly, medium acid, tart taste. It is disease resistant.

Winesap apple pollination: Suggested pollinators are Red or Golden Delicious, Fuji and Gala. 

It can be kept in cold storage for up to 3 months.

* Yellow Fruit with a Red Blush
* Small, Tart, Crisp Taste
* Red Blooms in Spring


Very Long Tradition as an Excellent Cider Apple

As apples go, Winesap traces itself back in American history to the early 1800. This was back in the days when apples were consumed more as cider, rather than eating fresh from the tree. The first notations of the Winesap are from the well-known Dr. James Mease in 1804, the man who is also credited with introducing Soy into the United States.

During this time before water sanitation, drinking water was often not healthy and could lead to death. Fermented Apple Cider purified common water-borne diseases and was the preferred beverage to avoid the sicknesses associated with drinking water.

Dr. Mease recommended the Winesap as a fine choice for cider in his 1804 tome, Willich's Domestic Encyclopedia of Philadelphia, saying "WINE-SOP is an autumn fruit, of deep red colour, and sweet, sprightly taste, makes excellent cyder, which is preferred by some to that of Red Streak." A copy of this book was given to Thomas Jefferson.

The variety was also praised for its great storage life up to 6 months, good size, disease resistance and great eating quality. Its popularity grew into the 1800's as one of the finest apples for hard and sweet cider.

With all the wonderful attributes, the Winesap also became a popular variety for cross hybridization. Many popular varieties of the 1800's would come with Winesap as its parent. Most noted were two varieties still popular today: the Arkansas Black and the Stayman-Winesap.

In 1866, Dr J Stayman of Leavenworth, Kansas planted out several of his Winesap Seedlings and sent selections to different nurseries in 1868. One of the selections that was sent to Charles Downing first produced fruit in 1875. It was determined to be a very special selection and Downing promptly named it in honor of Stayman.

The Stayman-Winesap became a popular apple around 1890 and was touted as an all-around superior choice to the parent Winesap in all regards. Stayman-Winesap is highly regarded for its vigorous growth of both root and top. It boasts large and luxuriant foliage and produces a continual fruit crop of excellent size and flavor. Stayman-Winesap continued to be one of the most popular varieties planted from the East Coast into the Midwest until the early 1960's.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Winesap Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Malus 'Winesap'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet
Soil Type Dry, Sandy
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years