Fruit Apple 'Gravenstein' (On EMLA-111 Apple Root)

Grower's Comments: Probably a better apple for eating and cooking than for long term cooking

Spring

To 16 feet

650- 700

USDA Zone 4to USDA Zone 9

Full sun


FUN FACTS

Gravenstein apples are very, very old cultivars. And if they have been around so long, they must be pretty good!!

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SizePrice
7g$30.95
10g$32.25
15g$39.50
20g$44.50

Gravenstein is a very old apple variety, most assuredly originating from Europe, but it has been growing here in the US for so long that it has become well-established.

You probably haven't found any Gravenstein apples on your grocery store shelves, but don't let that give you pause; among it's devotees, it remains a very popular apple. The flavor is well suited for both eating off the trees and for cooking. Most early flowering (early growing) apple cultivars tend to be better for eating and cooking than keeping, but Gravenstein apples do a pretty good job in the eating, cooking and keeping areas. The Gravenstein apples tend to ripen in ones and twos, which makes picking them easier as you don't have to deal with a bushel of apples all at once. (We figure that since the Gravenstein doesn't ripen all at once, it must make harvesting quite difficult for the commercial grower and is probably why you wouldn't see in in grocery stores; but should be perfect for the home owner).

Gravensteins apples are quite striking in their skin coloring, which starts off as the summer sun reaches them as having red stripes here and there on the peel; the coloring will eventually spread over the whole apple peel.

Plan on using a Gala or an Anna apple to help in pollinating your Gravenstein.