Sansa Season!

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

You are in for a real treat as you discover (or re-discover) the Sansa apple. Don't let the smaller and unassuming appearance of this gem fool you.  It is not commercially ‘pretty’, perhaps, with its non-solid pinkishyellowish/lightly russet-y color scheme, so remember the old adage, 'Don't judge a book by its cover'. Here at North Star, you are wise to do likewise with fruit appearance.

Every year when the Sansa start coming in, I am reminded of how they also don’t turn brown when cut. Cool!

Sansa are so delicious and easy to eat, it's easy to eat two or three back to back. 

And now, for a bit of apple "geekery":

The Sansa apple variety resulted from a cross of Akane x Gala. Akane is a cross of Jonathan (a high quality apple with good adaptation to American growing conditions) and Worcester Pearmain (a high quality apple with excellent disease resistance). Gala is a cross of Kidd’s Orange Red (a high quality cross of Cox’s Orange Pippin and Golden Delicious) and Red Delicious (a low quality easy-to-grow commercial type apple). Most of Sansa’s pedigree (parents and grandparents) are high quality apple varieties.

But in all honestly, the trees which produce these wonderful apples are some of the sorriest-looking trees here on the farm. They have pale foliage and difficult to train branch angles. They are prone to trying to grow more fruit than they can possibly ripen, which requires intervention to produce high quality (in the form of thinning off excess fruit by hand).

Troublesome? Sometimes.

Unattractive? Well, that's a matter of opinion, I suppose.

Flavor? Sansa are definitely "outstanding in their field"!

Enjoy every last bite...we've got more!