Gravenstein

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  • Dessert / Cooker – the flesh is initially firm and juicy, with a very rich flavour. It is also excellent for cooking.
  • Quite large fruit, flushed orange and red, and slightly irregular in shape.
  • Pick in late September; it will store until November.
  • The trees are vigorous with good crops; they have attractive blossom with large white flowers.

Origins are obscure. Some suggest it came from the garden of the Duke of Augustenberg in Schleswig-Holstein: others suggest that it was from the South Tyrol. It became popular all over Germany and Northern Europe in the eighteenth century. It is reputed to have been first exhibited in England in 1819. By 1820 it had reached California, probably taken by Russian settlers.