Gravenstein, and its sporty red sibling, may be the most sophisticated of the early apples. It has a complex taste and there is a Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol California every August.
The medium-sized, modestly ribbed fruit is mostly green with a streaky red blush and tan spots.
Its white-green flesh is firm, crisp and juicy. The taste is a balanced tart-and-sweet, with spice and floral notes. There is a tiny bit of pine towards the finish.
Similar to a Red Gravenstein, but not as sweet.
The Gravenstein Apple Fair folks provide recipes, history, and other juicy stuff about the Gravenstein.
Gravenstein's growing season is short, or maybe growers around here just pick them all at once to meet demand. They came and went too fast, alas. But now the stage is set for September and the high-season apples.