The Gravenstein apple has been etched into the identity of Sebastopol, California, which is one of the few places on earth to have extensively grown this elusive apple. The Gravenstein is an early apple whose only failing is perishability, but it is celebrated for its superior flavor. Yet Luther Burbank attempted to improve on the Gravenstein, producing the Winterstein and the Bonita for home gardeners. During the last 127 years, the Gravenstein has added millions of dollars to the local ecomy. It has provided a reason for celebrations, from the 1910 Apple Show to today s Apple Blossom Festival and Gravenstein Apple Fair. This is the Gravenstein s story, from its European roots to small-town homage, and the part this special apple has played in one community and the reason the current decline in apple acreage is mourned.