This highly scab resistant variety is excellent for organic growing. One of our latest ripening and longest keepers. Tart, good for fresh eating but better for making a holiday crisp or pie.
If you are from the west coast and of a certain generation the you know the iconic Gravenstein apple. Its undoubtedly the most famous heirloom apple to come to the USA via the west coast (San Francisco). The large Gravenstein processing industry and hundreds of acres of orchards in Sabastapole CA are now all but gone. Orchards were planted far and wide along the west coast though including western Washington. When the apple industry moved to eastern Washington in the early 1900's the Gravenstein was doomed. Heirloom apples and traditional varieties of the time just dont do well in the eastern Washington climate.
This particular clone of Gravenstein, the Sheets, is named after the farmer who owned the land where the last known orchard of these trees still stood. This is now the site of Bellis Fair Mall in Bellingham. Since this is a green apple it is presumed to be one of the more original clones of Gravenstein as the variety was bred many, many times, over time, in an effort, mostly to make it redder and therefore more acceptable to the public. In fact Gravenstein is one of the most bred apples in existence.
One of the many red clones of Gravenstein. This one was unofficially named the "Worthen" Red strain after the donor of the material at the research station in Mt Vernon. The one positive thing to come out of all the massive amount of breeding that went into Gravenstein breeding is that the texture and flavor were never ruined by the process. Of course they never did make a red Gravenstein either.......
This is a cross of Gravenstein and Golden Delicious coming from California in the early 1900's. For me it is a vast improvement on the Golden apple.
As you might guess, this is a cross of Jonathan and Golden Delicious. Jonagold is a premier variety for this growing area. Very crisp and the perfect blend of tart and sweet provided by its parents. Unfortunately the Jonagolds seen anymore in the grocery are usually from eastern Washington where this variety like most apple varieties are unsuitable for the climate.
A cross of Jonathan and McIntosh this apple appeals to many as a apple with bigger crunch and milder tartness than the original Mac.
Karmijn de Sonnaville:
Another cross of Cox Orange Pippin, this time the other parent is Jonathan. The Jonathan is responsible for the greater size and crisper texture of this apple but all the great complex flavor of the Cox is still present in this wonderful variety.
Kidd's Orange Red:
Developed in the early 1900's in New Zealand. A cross of Cox Orange and Red Delicious. Like a much improved Red Delicious in flavor just not as pretty.
King (King of Tompkins County):
Considered an American heirloom, this apple was discovered in NY in the mid 1800's. Most publications refer to this variety as a cooking, juicing apple but many of our King fans are into just eating them. This is Jones Creek Farms favorite apple for making apple sauce. King is one of the many varieties that were grown here on the west side area when the Washington apple industry used to be located here. There can still be found a few scattered around the 4 county area as well as Gravenstein, Yellow Transparent, Northern Spy and others all lost when the industry moved to eastern WA.