Santana's is a modern red apple with a delicately perfumed flavour. Although the predominant flavour is "apple", there is a hint of something else - a bit like lychees or roses or sweet grapes. It is slightly more noticeable where the skin is flushed red - where the apple has been exposed to the autumn sun. The flesh is creamy-yellow, and firm rather than crunchy. We don't normally describe apples by their smell, but Santana smells like it tastes !
Santana is a medium-sized apple. It is usually a deep red flushed/streaked colour, over a yellow/green background. In flavour terms it is quite similar to Spartan, which can also have scented overtones - usually described as "vinous".
Santana was developed at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, and is derived from Elstar, to which it has a passing resemblance. Its unique claim to fame is that it has been developed with the specific aim of minimising the levels of certain proteins which can trigger allergic reactions in a small number of people - so if you are allergic to apples but would like to be able to eat them, this variety might be worth considering.
Santana also has the Vf gene which imparts resistance to scab and it has some resistance to canker.
The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.
Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.
The following tree nurseries offer Santana apple trees for sale:
The following orchards grow Santana:
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