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Identification: Medium size, tending to small, round conic. The back ground colour is yellow green over which is a reddish blush and bright red stripes. Frequently there is a patch of russet around the wide and deep stem cavity in which is a slender and long stem. The skin is quite thin, but is resistant to bruising.

Characteristics: The flesh is creamy yellow, fine grained, crisp, very sweet, with little acidity. Aromatic, spicy and fruity.

Uses: Fresh eating, pies, cider. Dried apple rings.

Origins: Developed in 1969 through a cooperative breeding programme in which Yoshio Yoshida from the Morioka Research Station at Iwate (Japan) sent pollen from Akane (Tohoku 3) to Don McKenzie of the Department of Scientific and In known as HortResearch) in Havelock North (New Zealand) who used it to pollinate the flowers of Gala which, at the time, was not available in Japan as a result of licencing agreements. The resulting seeds were then shipped undertook an intensive testing program on what was then named Morioka Number 42, followed by the release of the variety, officially named Sansa, in 1988.

Cultivation: Weakly vigorous, upright spreading, drooping tree. Bears fruit on spurs. The branches are somewhat brittle. Starts to produce in the annually. No preharvest fruit drop. Suitable for hardiness zones 5 to 8.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self sterile.

Notes: The leaves of Sansa are sometimes mottled, which looks similar to mosaic virus.

4 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps up one month.

Vulnerabilities: Moderately susceptible to brown rot.

Harvest: In the first half of the fourth period.

Harvest period: 4

Type(s): Cider, Dessert, Eating, Pie

Hardiness Zone min: 5

Hardiness Zone max: 8

Pollination group: C

Pollination day: 9