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Sweet Winesap

Why you should be excited

Sweet Winesap is from the U.S. northeast, Pennsylvania, to be exact. A little known yet likeable apple.

The story of Sweet Winesap

Here’s another old variety with a confusing name.

Not only is Sweet Winesap not related to the classic Winesap; it really doesn't seem to have a lot to compare it to that more famous old U.S. variety, except that they both come from relatively similar areas (Sweet Winesap from Pennsylvania and Winesap from New Jersey).

Relatively little known, you need to dig to find information on this variety. However, we hear that it’s a tasty apple – which is supported by its history as a New York-grown apple that was shipped to the U.S. south due to its high quality and good keeping ability.

So Sweet Winesap is another relatively obscure variety you might just want to give a try.

Sweet Winesap Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Pennsylvania, USA, sometime in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The white flesh is firm and fairly crisp, also tender and juicy. The flavour is very nice and distinctly sweet. Hence the name.


An attractive bright red apple of medium to large size.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating


Quality for cooking


Keeping ability

Good (2 to 3 months when kept refrigerated).