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The Instacart guide to Sansa apples


About Sansa apples

While most apple varieties reach their peak ripeness during the late fall and early winter months, Sansa apples are an early ripening species available during the summer and fall seasons. It's the perfect apple to add to your cart in August before other species are ready to pick. The Sansa apple was first introduced to the market in the 1980s. Researchers in Japan and New Zealand crossed the Gala apple with the Akane apple to create this hearty species. It inherited desirable qualities from both types to deliver a flavorful apple that consumers enjoy.

From the Akane apple, the Sansa got its disease resistance to conditions such as fire blight and scab. The Gala apple gives it a sweet and juicy flavor and texture. Sansa apples are typically of medium size and make for great snacks. They're crisp and juicy, but they occasionally (particularly when picked late in the season) have a grainy texture that doesn't appeal to some. As they ripen, their skin has a yellow to green base coloring with dark red streaking and blushing. Their skin is waxy and firm to the touch.

Most Sansa apples are best eaten raw and fresh. However, you can make this apple variety into applesauce or use it for cider. Sansa apples have fairly short shelf lives, making it difficult for grocery stores to keep them in stock regularly. It's more common to find them at farmers' markets, where growers sell them before other apples are ripe and ready for market.

You can use the Instacart app to locate a store or market in your area that carries Sansa apples, then place your order and wait for an Instacart shopper to deliver them right to your door the same day!

The flesh of your Sansa apples will be cream-colored, sweet, and juicy with a little tang. You can slice them up and serve them with peanut butter, cheese slices, or caramel dip for an easy-to-make dessert. Toss them with salads, or add them to a sandwich or hamburger for a slightly sweet and crispy twist. For parties, put these apples on a tray with a variety of nuts, such as hazelnuts, pistachios, and almonds. 

If you process Sansa apples into applesauce, you can add it to baked goods such as muffins, bread, and tarts. These apples appreciate spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and honey but aren't the best variety for making apple pie.

Because Sansa apples make great cider, many breweries have experimented with this apple variety in their craft beers and ciders. Check the Instacart app for markets in your area that might sell delicious craft beverages made with this sweet and tangy apple. When you use the Instacart app, you can get your desired items delivered in as little as 2 hours!

Sansa Apple Near Me

Buy your favorite sansa apple online with Instacart. Order sansa apple from local and national retailers near you and enjoy on-demand, contactless delivery or pickup within 2 hours.

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FAQs About Sansa Apple

Sansa apples vary in size and flavor. Most, however, are sweet and similar to the Gala apple from which they were crossbred but slightly tarter than other sweet apples. Their flavor profile has hints of sugar cane and grapefruit, with good acidity. Sansa apples aren't as readily available as long-lasting varieties such as Granny Smith or Red Delicious. Its size is moderate when compared to other apples. This variety isn't as good for baking as some of its counterparts.

Sansa apples grow in Japan, New Zealand, and the United States, as they were bred from the Japanese Akane apple and the U.S. Gala apple. You'll find them in several states across the U.S., including Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oregon, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington. In Canada, the Sansa apple only grows in British Columbia. Many producers grow them as a companion species to their main apple crop that they can sell early in the season.
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