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Silken

Why you should be excited

Silken is a pretty early-ripening Canadian apple that first caught our eye by sprouting well before the end of winter.

The story of Silken

Part of the adventure of growing apples is to research like crazy, think you’ve got an apple figured out, and then grow it and experience reality.

Silken caught our eye the first winter after we grafted it due to its ridiculously early start to growth. In February, long before other varieties roused themselves from dormancy, this keener sprouted and began to grow.

Even a late snowfall failed to stop it –- we expected the new growth to shrivel and die, but no –- and it continued to be a happy and vigorous grower all season.

That won our hearts and made Silken a favourite, despite its susceptibility to scab; we’ll see if it’ll also win over our taste buds.

Silken Facts

Its origins

Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; 1999 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Known for its outstanding texture and flavour, the white flesh is firm, crisp and juicy, aromatic and sweet, with moderate acidity.

Appearance

This medium-sized apple has a unique translucent cream skin colour, sometimes with a slight pink blush.

When they’re available

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

So-so (4 to 6 weeks when kept refrigerated).