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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: 3.6 out of 5. Total votes cast: 20

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07 Oct 2018 
I tried this variety. It was late in the season and because of that was getting grainy. The taste was so good however that the texture didn’t matter. To add to the description above — this apple (at least locally) is slightly russetted.

09 Sep 2015 
Just picked some of these at a local u-pick farm that has only a few rows of these trees available. They were small in size, maybe due to the early age of the trees or lack of rain in the past few weeks, but the apples were really pleasantly sweet with a good chewing consistency. We're so lucky to have such a large variety of apples to pick from.

16 Sep 2014 
Just had Sansa for the first time. ORGANIC from The Boys Market in Delray Beach, Fla. $1.99 lb. I can't grow 'em. I do grow papaya,mango, pineapple,carambola, passion fruit, key lime, all organic. sweet corn and guava,next. I am going back now to buy more sansa. I always have pie in mind. Be well and be happy

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.


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


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape features (vertical view): Tapering toward calyx end or apex
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Basin russet: Gray to Brown Russet
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Smooth, fine Russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free
  • Basin russet: Yellow to Golden Brown Russet


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


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


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


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

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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

2018 season

  • 15th May  2018  - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States

2017 season

  • 3rd May  2017  - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States

2016 season

  • 9th May  2016  - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States

2015 season

  • 11th May  2015  - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States

2014 season

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

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

    2017 season

    • 2nd week September  2017  - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States

    2016 season

      2015 season

      • 1st week September  2015  - tree owned by Jim in Hallstead, United States

      2014 season

      • 2nd week August  2014  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States

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