Gravenstein

(striped and sweet)


Origin confused!
(a) from the garden of the Duke of Augustenburg, castle of  Graefenstein, Schleswig Holstein
(b) an apple called Ville Blanc from Italy or southern Tyrol sent to Schleswig Holstein
(c) from Italy sent home by a brother of Count Ahlefeldt of Graasten Castle , South Jutland
Arrived in Denmark in about 1629 and to London by 1819, also widely grown in US and Canada.

Large size, oblong, irregular, lopsided.  Five crowned.  Ribbed and flat sided.
Green, ripening to golden yellow with a few orange stripes over paler orange flush.
Lenticels conspicuous brown dots.

Cavity deep, wide to narrow, russeted.
Stalk variable but usually short, stout and within cavity.
Basin deep, fairly wide, irregular, some russet
Eye large open usually but can appear closed.
Sepals downy but variable.
Flesh creamy yellow and juicy. crisp and firm. They are useful as a cooker and cook to a fluff when ripe.

Tube funnel or wide cone, Stamens median to basal, Core abaxile

Tree vigorous and uptight spreading, Sanders says ‘unsuitable for a small garden’.

Flowering eight days before Cox’s Orange Pippin  Pollination group A

Season : September to November