One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An apple of a large variety having yellow, red-streaked skin. It is widely grown in North America, where it is used for cooking and as a dessert apple.
- ‘It's hard to improve on 20 million Sonoma County apples, but one man manages to do it, transforming Gravensteins and other varieties into light, tasty alcoholic cider.’
- ‘I blame it on the spoils of a childhood surrounded by Gravenstein apple trees, Santa Rosa plums, and tangles of blackberries growing wild on my parents' acre of land.’
- ‘A sweet-tart noodle and chicken salad pairs perfectly with the round, smooth Chardonnay, with its lean acid and Gravenstein apple flavor.’
- ‘‘‘Gravenstein’ apples are unsurpassed for aroma and flavor when allowed to fully ripen, ‘says a grower.’
- ‘You can pick up fresh Gravensteins as well as Jonathan, Delicious, Rome Beauty, and other apple varieties directly from the farms or from the Sunday morning farmers' market downtown.’
Early 19th century: the German form of Graasten, a village in Denmark formerly in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
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