Ambrosia Apple
Jul25

Ambrosia Apple

The Ambrosia apple is a home-grown original – not only is the variety a favourite among consumers, Ambrosias actually originated in British Columbia. In the early 1990s, the Mennell family in BC’s Similkameen Valley discovered a tree in Sally Mennell’s orchard which bore unusual apples. Their orchard had previously been planted with Red Delicious and Golden Delicious, but they had replanted the area with Jonagold trees. A chance...

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McIntosh Apple
Dec04

McIntosh Apple

(Malus domestica) Far from a new crop, McIntosh apples were discovered by John McIntosh in Dundela, Ontario in 1811. They are thought to descend from the Snow Apple variety.  It quickly became the most widely grown cultivar in Ontario. Since then, McIntosh trees have been used heavily in breeding programs as its genetics are hearty and reliable.  Able to withstand temperatures as low as -34º C, the trees are very easy to grow....

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Masonova Apple
Apr29

Masonova Apple

(Malus domestica) The Masanova apple is medium sized, juicy and crisp.  It is an Empire-cross made in 1974 by one of Canada’s most prolific fruit breeders, Dr. D.A. Crowe of the AAFC-AFHRC in Kentville, NS.  The Masanova was named and certified in 2006  by another one of Canada’s brilliant scientists,  Dr. C. G. Embree.   This lovely mild-flavoured apple has soft, ivory coloured flesh with red and green striping.  It is...

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Orangutang Apple
Mar30

Orangutang Apple

(Malus domestica) The Orangutang is a Granny Smith, made in 1985 by Dr. A. D. Crowe of AAFC-AFHRC in Kentville, NS, and named/certified by Dr. Charlie Embree in 2011. Its distinct orange colour, tangy taste and large size make this apple suited to niche markets. Although the Orangutang is known to be susceptible to scab it is a  heavy producing, vigorous tree, the  Not ready for harvest until late October, the Orangutang apple is...

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Reinette Russet Apple
Mar10

Reinette Russet Apple

(Malus domestica) The Reinette Russet apple is a mutation of Reine des Reinettes, discovered at the Fruit and Ornamental Plant Breeding Unit of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) located in Angers, France. It was subsequently released in collaboration with the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Centre in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec.  This cold-hardy apple is typically of medium size, although the size and...

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