Why you should be excited
Sunrise is one of the best early-ripening apples and the proud product of breeding efforts at Summerland, B.C.
The story of Sunrise
One of apple lovers’ great frustrations is the dearth of good options during the summer.
Sure, you can be a climate change villain and purchase fruit transported from the southern hemisphere. Or you can eat mealy old apples from the previous season. Or try a tart early-season apple that’s good for about 15 minutes after it comes off the tree.
But, there’s another option: the Sunrise.
Most years, it’s ripe in August and –- unlike most early apples –- it’s got a balance of sweet and tart. It also keeps quite nicely for a week or so, not long, but much better than most early apples.
Bred in Summerland, B.C., Canada; 1990s introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Tart, but with nicely balanced sweetness. Crisp and juicy.
A medium-sized apple that's yellow-green-skinned with red blush wherever the apple has had good sun.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in late August).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Minimal (about a week when kept refrigerated).