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Sansa apple



Sansa was developed in the 1970s by the Morioka Research Station in Japan, in collaboration with researchers in New Zealand, as a straightforward cross between Akane and Gala varieties.

Sansa appears to have good disease resistance, although it was not developed specifically for this purpose.  The disease resistance is likely to come from the Akane parentage, since Akane is itself naturally disease resistant whereas Gala is susceptible to several common apple diseases.

In terms of flavor, Sansa is essentially an early-ripening Gala.  It inherits Gala's inherent sweetness, but with more acidity - as might be expected given its earlier ripening season.

Last updated 29 Dec 2011.

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Current rating: 3.9 out of 5. Total votes cast: 14
 

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27 Aug 2013 
A new variety at my local orchard so I gave it a try. Its a very nice, sweet, crisp apple. It is definitely my favorite of the early apple varieties.


18 Aug 2013 
Purchased some sansa apples at the farmer's market in Union Square (Manhattan) to try for the first time. I think this variety is my new favorite! Thinking of going upstate to pick some this September.



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Red, medium large. Sweet with acid. Resembles Gala flavor.

Origins

  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Gala x Akane
  • Originates from: Japan
  • Introduced: 1988
  • Developed by: Morioka Research Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1892

Identification

  • Flesh colour: Yellow to Very Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Harvest period: Early-Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1 week

Growing

  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999

Climate

  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Disease resistance

  • Mildew  - Very resistant
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very resistant
  • Scab  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

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The following Sansa trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2014 season

  • 16th May  2014  - tree owned by Jim in HALLSTEAD, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2014 season

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