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.

Sunrise Facts

Its origins

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

Very good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Minimal (about a week when kept refrigerated).