Definition of Gravenstein in US English:



  • A widely grown apple of a large variety having yellow, red-streaked skin, used for cooking and as a dessert apple.

    • ‘A sweet-tart noodle and chicken salad pairs perfectly with the round, smooth Chardonnay, with its lean acid and Gravenstein apple flavor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘‘Gravenstein’ apples are unsurpassed for aroma and flavor when allowed to fully ripen, ‘says a grower.’
    • ‘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.’


Early 19th century: the German form of Graasten, a village in Denmark formerly in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.