Malus ‘Gravenstein’

Gravenstein Apple
ROSACEAE, The Rose family

The first apples appeared at the farmer’s market today. One stand had Gravenstein and McIntosh. I was so excited to see them. After this long summer of berries and peaches and other delights, the best is yet to come.

Gravenstein is early, large, irregularly shaped and very fragrant. The two I bought are a clear greenish yellow with red striping on half, which is the classic coloration. There is also a sport that is much redder called ‘Red Gravenstein’. Gravenstein is an heirloom apple that originated in Denmark and is now grown widely, especially on the US West Coast and in Nova Scotia. While a few commercial growers still produce thousands of tons in the Sonoma Valley, Slow Food USA considers it endangered because it is being out-competed by easier to grow and harvest apples (Gravenstein has short stems and the fruits ripen over a long period, making harvest labor intensive), and small orchard lands are being developed.

I am going to grate these apples and mix them into pancake batter.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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2 Responses to Malus ‘Gravenstein’

  1. eireann says:

    hey! comments work!


  2. amystery says:

    What a lovely space you have here. It definitely resonants with me. I left grad school a little over a year ago where I was working on a project focused on the use of wild plants by Native folks here in Alaska. I decide instead of being in academia I really just wanted to go back to having the hands on experience with plants. It is wonderful to visit such a fantastic celebration of plants. Thanks! I will be back.

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