Juicy and sweet, this apple variety gets its name from its distinct cotton candy taste. Harvested in late August or around Labour Day Weekend, the apples are very large and have smooth, fairly thick skins so they can be easily stored for at least three weeks.
They were named and certified in 2008 by the renowned apple breeder, Dr. C. G. Embree. The Cotton Candy apple is a cross of Redfree and Oberle made at AAFC-AFHRC in Kentville, Nova Scotia by Joan Hebb and Eddie St George.
The trees themselves grow in a drooping manner and the apples themselves are resistant to scab. You have to eat them quickly though as they tend to brown once they’ve been cut.
With files from Charlie Embree’s 100 Apples and 100 Pears: A Collection of Characteristics for 100 Apples and 100 Pears.