Firm, tender, finely textured, juicy, crisp, and yellowish-green, the flesh is tart and spicy. A 'Stayman' (or 'Stayman Winesap'[1]) is a triploid apple cultivar developed in 1866 by Joseph Stayman of Leavenworth County, Kansas; it was sold by nurseries from 1895. Winesap apples, which were developed in the mid-1800s, are now usually sold through farmer's markets. This all-purpose apple is a cross between the red delicious and winesap varieties. Which brings us to the second apple in our question. The tree produces bumper crops annually on a variety of soils and sites. What’s the difference between a Stayman Winesap and an old fashioned Winesap? Sylvia, Stayman is a vigorous variety, but on a full dwarf root like Bud 9 it is a fine apple for espalier. One place claims Stayman-Winesap is a cross between the two but gives the date that Dr Stayman discovered Stayman-Winesap. But here is an attempt, with some of the technical stuff explained in brief. The chief differences in fruit quality between offspring and parent is that Stayman is the larger apple, and is generally regarded as the more flavorful. (Hedrick), Circa 1910 plate, describes Stayman as “the coming apple.”. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. When ripe, Winesap apples have a rich red color over a greenish to yellow base and some have completely dark red skin with no hints of green at all. This is a common question, and the answer to it will get you mired in a host of pomological distinctions. Stayman apples: This is a good all-purpose apple, with purplish-red skin and white flesh that is mildly tart and juicy. Rood Remarks: A weekly blog about home orcharding, urban homesteading, and matters of frugal living. This apple keeps well in refrigerated storage. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. We have fruited the Hughes and Virginia Winesap on stock trees in our scion wood orchard; both have enough flavor to knock your socks off. In the box marked winesap,there are many with the little white dots. I remember loving winesaps as a kid. 'Stayman' apples remain a locally popular cultivar of apples where grown. A 'Stayman' (or 'Stayman Winesap') is a triploid apple cultivar developed in 1866 by Joseph Stayman of Leavenworth County, Kansas; it was sold by nurseries from 1895. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. It has just the right tartness and snap when you bite into it. The origin of old fashioned Winesap is unknown. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Where can I purchase a tree grown from the old variety? Join the conversation! Suffering for many years now from chronic collectoritis, we propagate five old fashioned Winesaps in our nursery:  two from Lee County, Virginia, which we have designated the Slemp and Flannary Winesaps; one from Johnson City, the Hughes Winesap, and one that we obtained (I recall not from whom) called the  Old Virginia Winesap–likely a Paul Stark Sr. selection dating to about 1922. The Stayman has a juicy off-white flesh that is firm but tender and provides a sweet but slightly tart, wine-like flavor. Where the blush is more tentative, however, Winesap shows tan lenticels, and there are unblushed green regions on the apple. Wonder if it's truly a stayman! Stayman also has a host of sports following in its wake. The flesh of Winesap apples appears creamy yellow and is very juicy. The flesh of the apples is extremely juicy and yellow to cream in color. The History Of Weather Observing In Leavenworth, Kansas, 1827–2004, PRI disease resistant apple breeding program,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 September 2020, at 12:44. And the Flannary Winesap comes to us with high praise, though its vigor in the nursery bed has us wondering if it is not actually a Stayman Winesap incognito. But it is also less brilliantly colored, even dull, and must be grown with a pollinator variety such as Golden Delicious, Grimes, or Winter Banana, or Gala, to set fruit at all. What do Winesap Apples Look Like? The Slemp Winesap we have only sampled, but it is equally high-flavored. Coxe, writing in 1817, notes that it was  “the most favorite cider fruit in West Jersey.”    From this humble beginning, it would become one of the best known American apples.