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Jewish Recipes --> Jewish and Israeli Foods --> Apples

Gravenstein (Danish: Gråsten-Æble) is a variety of apple native to Gråsten in South Jutland, Denmark. The variety was discovered in 1669 as a chance seedling.

The Gravenstein apple has a tart flavor. It is picked in July and August and is heavily used as a cooking apple, especially for apple sauce and apple cider. It does not keep well, so it is available only in season. In addition, their short stems and variable ripening times make harvesting and selling difficult.

The skin is a delicately waxy yellow-green with crimson spots and reddish lines, but the apple may also occur in a classically red variation.

These red apples, commonly known as Red Gravensteins, are considered a sport rather than a true variety. The flesh is juicy, finely grained, and light yellow. Trees are among the largest of standard root varieties, with a strong branching structure; the wood is brownish-red and the leaves are large, shiny, and dark green. It grows best in moderate, damp, loamy soil with minimal soil drying during the summer months. Locations close to watercourses and edges of ponds are preferred. Gravensteins will not thrive in areas of high groundwater and require moderate protection against wind. The plant is a triploid variety. It requires pollination from another variety, but will not itself return the favour.

In New Zealand two red sports were selected from the more stripey "common" Gravenstein: Albany Beauty and Oratia.

Nutrition Facts Gravenstein apples are low in calories, cholesterol free and rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to promote a healthy cardiovascular system. They also contain a fair amount of potassium and vitamin C as well as some iron, vitamin A and boron, most of which is found in the skin.

Serving size 1 ounce (28 g)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 15 Calories from Fat 0

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 0 g
  • Saturated Fat 0 g
  • Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Sodium 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 4 g 1.3%
  • Dietary Fiber 0.91 g3.6%
  • Sugars 3.1 g
  • Protein 0 g
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium Iron

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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