Why you should be excited
Summerred is a dark red early-ripening apple from British Columbia that’s juicy, flavourful and soft-fleshed.
The story of Summerred
If I was introducing a new early-ripening apple variety, I’d likely be tempted to use a word like ‘summer’ in its name. Especially if the town near where I did my apple breeding was called Summerland. Even more likely if one of the new variety's parents was a variety named after this town.
The problem with this approach, though, is that there are already a dozen or more apple varieties with names starting with ‘summer.’ So there’s a risk of getting lost in the shuffle.
Arguably, this may have happened to Summerred, as this is a little known but nice early apple with similarities to one of its grandparents, McIntosh.
Summerred’s flesh is so nice, it’s been described as ‘sorbet-like.’
Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; 1964 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The soft white flesh is sweet and juicy, with a hint of strawberry flavour. Some say it's vinous.
Looks similar to McIntosh, except it's often completely dark red-skinned.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in late August).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Good (up to 2 months when kept refrigerated).