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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.

Visitor reviews

  • 24 Aug 2019  Stephen Messier,  MA, United States
    Bought my first bag of these today at Big Apple Orchard in Wrentham, MA. I guess never go looking for local apples this early in season, but this was a great choice. Sweet and juicy in hand. Will buy again.
  • 07 Oct 2018  El,  WISCONSIN, United States
    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  Mark Eich,  NY, United States
    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  Palmer,  PALM BEACH COUNTY, United States
    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  Ingrid,  NY, United States
    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  Sarah,  NY, United States
    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.

Tree register

United States


Harvest records for this variety

2020 season

  • 2nd week September  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Warwick, United States

2014 season

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

2011 season

  • 4th week August  2011  - tree owned by John in New Market, United States


  • 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


  • 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

Parents and other ancestors of this variety


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

Where to buy trees

The following tree nurseries offer Sansa apple trees for sale:

Where to buy fresh fruit

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