Why you should be excited
Spencer is a tasty apple from British Columbia that’s a cross between McIntosh and Golden Delicious.
The story of Spencer
Plus, of course, Spencer, an apple introduced in 1959 that has won lots of compliments, but never really caught on commercially or with hobby growers. Which is a shame, as this October apple is crisp, juicy and distinctively sweet, deserving far more attention than it’s ever received.
Three cheers for those Summerland breeders!
Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; 1959 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Firm, crisp, juicy and noticeably honey-sweet. Many people appreciate its balance of just enough acidity to go with all the sugar.
A large apple with crimson flush over its yellow-green background.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).