Red Gravenstein

Sweet Tart

This average-sized apple is red with pink and orange hues, and it is highly acclaimed for its distinct sweet-sharp flavor, which is similar to Gravenstein but less tart. Although it remains intact when cooked, its flavor loses some of its complexity. Red Gravensteins are picked in September.

Discovered: 1800s Origin unknown

Parentage: A sport of Gravenstein

Harvest: Early Season


Red Gravenstein dates back to 1600s Europe and may have its origin in Denmark. Gravenstein is the German name for the town of Gråten in southern Denmark. In the 1820s the London Horticultural Society distributed it to Massachusetts.