The uniform, medium size of the Evangeline apple makes it a very attractive apple to consumers. Sadly its commercial availability remains limited, but Dr. Charlie Embree believes that it possesses great potential due to its ability to withstand cold, attractive appearance and juicy, balanced flavour. They are named after the heroine of the Henry Wordsworth Longfellow’s famous poem of the same name which chronicles the the expulsion of the Acadians from this region of Nova Scotia. The image at the right is of the Bay of Fundy, taken near the Evangeline National Historic site.
Developed in Kentville, Nova Scotia by Dr A. D. Crowe, Evangeline apples are valued for their ability to ripen on the tree and thereby avoid wastage caused by dropping. The tree is very vigorous and productive and is ready for harvesting in late September/early October.
With files from Charlie Embree’s 100 Apples and 100 Pears: A Collection of Characteristics for 100 Apples and 100 Pears.