Why you should be excited
Chinook is a fine British Columbia-bred apple that’s tasty, aromatic and keeps for a long, long time.
The story of Chinook
We British Columbians take pride in the excellent range of apple varieties that originated in our province.
The most longstanding of these is undoubtedly Spartan, which has gained widespread popularity elsewhere.
Chinook is a more recent British Columbia-bred apple and while it will likely never come close to Spartan’s popularity, there remains a fair bit to recommend it.
Start with its pretty appearance – gotta like that cherry-red blush. Then move on to the flavour, which delivers a very nice sweet/tart balance and excellent aroma. And then there’s Chinook’s storage ability: nothing short of awesome.
A nice overall package.
Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; introduced 1990s.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Firm, crisp, juicy. Intensely aromatic. Nice balance of sweet and tart.
Small to medium-sized, with cherry red blush covering most of the green-yellow background. A pretty apple.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Doesn't have a particular history as a cider apple.
Excellent (6 or 7 months when kept refrigerated).