Apple - Stayman - tasting notes, identification, reviews
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Stayman apple

First raised by Dr Stayman of Leavenworth, Kansas, USA in the 1860s.  The variety gained some commercial popularity in the USA, having been promoted by the famous Stark Brothers Nursery, primarily for its culinary value.

Although originating in Kansas, it is often associated with Virginia, where it is still quite widely grown in pick-your-own orchards.  It is believed to be a seedling of Winesap and is often known as Stayman's Winesap.

Most authorities believe Stayman is a triploid variety, although there is no direct evidence of this. However several of its red-colored sports (e.g. Scarlet Staymared) are triploid.

Last updated 07 Dec 2016.

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Current rating: 4.4 out of 5. Total votes cast: 37

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27 Sep 2017 
As a little girl I'd choose the spotted Stayman-Winesap over all others at the local curb market. To polish one on your shirt and take that first, juicy bite - well, is anything better? That starchy-tart taste can quench your thirst and appetite at the same time. I still like to get a paper bag full of them. I love the hardness of the flesh and the hardiness of the peel. It's not a pretty apple, but it has a distinctive starchy-sweet taste that is excellent for pies, cobblers, and my favorite Fall treat: fried apple pies. Though, to be honest, straight out of the paper bag is my usual way to prepare this apple for eating. Oh, and a quick polish on the shirt-tail. Mighty good eating!

08 Apr 2017 
Yes, this is a great tasting apple. It was juicy and just the right combination of tartness and sweetness. I would give it 9/10.

09 Nov 2016 
Found bin of Staymans at local produce stand in Central Virginia. Dull looking apple but was crisp enough. The skin was really tough to chew. Maybe better for baking?

02 Nov 2016 
My first experience with this variety was at a local Farmer's Market in Fredericksburg, Va. a couple of years ago. It's still the only place that I know of where I can get it. I fell in love with it instantly and I look for it every time I go to the market. It has that perfect snappy skin and the texture on the inside is perfect(not too sweet, not too sour). I just love it.

31 Aug 2016 
This is my favorite all-purpose apple. It's the best for applesauce, it's just right with no need to add sugar. It's also great for fresh eating, just crisp enough and not mushy, good old fashioned Apple taste. Great for Apple butter too, dried apples for tarts, for Apple Betty pies. If I could choose one Apple this is my top favorite.

04 Nov 2015 
Having sample just about ever variety, I can say without doubt that the Staymans is the queen of apples. You know your eating one ripe to perfection when you experience the "strawberry" after taste from each delicious bite.

04 Nov 2015 
Having sample just about ever variety, I can say without doubt that the Staymans is the queen of apples. You know your eating one ripe to perfection when you experience the "strawberry" after taste from each delicious bite.

22 Sep 2015 
Eleanor I love Stayman Winesaps. There's a tree in NJ where I grew up that produced tart great-tasting apples. I wish I could find them in Manhattan!

22 Aug 2014 
I absolutely love love love this Apple. I live in central jersey just outside of Trenton, and have several you-pick-farms where I can get this Apple. Its never ready here until Oct. It's Crisp, juicy, and tart-sweet, it makes the greatest Baker for pie, holds up well, and the best applesauce by far. The farm I go to calls them Stamen Winesap. I love a cold one from the fridge, and a sprinkle of salt on it. They last till spring in my spare refrigerator. I also make dried chips from them. Mmmm! I can also get them in my local supermarket., but not year round.

26 Nov 2013 
Staymen's winesap was very popular in the dairy region of south central New Jersey when I was a child. Absolutely yummy, hard, crisp and juicy not very pretty color but who cares. Took two forevers to bake but the result was outstanding. In washington there was an orchardist in Kennewick who had a few trees and I always bought from him . When he died the kids took out all those old fashioned trees for more popular ones. Have not been able to find the staymen's since.

04 Sep 2013 
The Stayman makes outstanding apple butter.

15 Nov 2012 
I tasted this apple the first time this year and luckily can get more. I love this apple.

28 Sep 2012 
These are super crisp apple that keep well. I have been a Macintosh only apple eater for 45 years, until now. After having a Stayman right off the tree in Charlottesville, VA, I'm hooked.

18 Sep 2012 
I love this apple m atter of fact I have been traveling from Florida to NC just so I can get this apple to bring home. It also makes the best applesauce and apple pies my husband just loves this apple.

18 Sep 2012 
When the stayman-winesap is "right," it is definitely my favorite apple. It has just the right tartness and snap when you bite into it.

24 Jan 2012 
I love a crisp semi tart Stayman apple.

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An old American dual-purpose apple variety, popular in Virginia. Descended from Winesap, and in most respects an even better apple.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Possibly a Winesap seedling
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1866
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1213
  • Some historical details taken with kind permission from 'The New Book of Apples' by Joan Morgan and Alison Richards , illustrated by Elisabeth Dowle, published by Ebury Press, 2002.


  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Flesh colour: Yellow to Very Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong-conical
  • Fruit shape: Oblong
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Oblique - slanted
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform in shape, Variable in size
  • Shape uniformity: Uniform, in size and shape
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Russet % coverage: Absent
  • Bloom qualities: Thin White
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Flavour style: Vinous
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Chilling: Low-chill


  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Colchiploidy  1965
    Author: Haig Dermen
  • Cedar-Apple Rust  
    Author: Stephen Vann, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture (FSA7538)
    Rated as susceptible - control usually needed where CAR is prevalent.

  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2015 season

  • 30th April  2015  - tree owned by Michael in GLEN ROCK, United States

2014 season

  • 10th May  2014  - tree owned by Dennis in GREAT MEADOWS, United States
  • 2nd May  2014  - tree owned by Mike in , United States

2012 season

  • 1st April  2012  - tree owned by Ryan in CUMMING, United States

2011 season

  • 10th May  2011  - tree owned by J. in PLEASANT VIEW, United States

2010 season

  • 3rd May  2010  - tree owned by J. in PLEASANT VIEW, United States

2009 season

  • 4th May  2009  - tree owned by J. in PLEASANT VIEW, United States
  • April  2009  - tree owned by Jacqueline in Battle Ground, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2015 season

  • October  2015  - tree owned by Roger in MADISON HEIGHTS, United States

2014 season

    2012 season

      2011 season

      • October  2011  - tree owned by J. in PLEASANT VIEW, United States

      2010 season

      • 3rd week October  2010  - tree owned by J. in PLEASANT VIEW, United States

      2009 season

      • 3rd week October  2009  - tree owned by J. in PLEASANT VIEW, United States
      • October  2009  - tree owned by Jacqueline in Battle Ground, United States

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