The Gravenstein originated in the late 1600s either in Denmark, Germany or, as some evidence indicates, Italy, where it began as a chance seedling and was then propogated where it spread into northern Europe. It is believed to have been brought to the new world by Russian fur traders.
Its flavor is tart and the fruit ripens early. It does not keep well so is best used for making apple sauce and apple cider, though if they can be found fresh from a local orchard, they are pleasant as a refreshing snack.
It is a nice looking apple, with a sunny yellow base decorated with pink and reddish streaks.