The apple cultivar ‘Elstar’ is the result of a cross between ‘Golden Delicious’ and ‘Ingrid Marie’ made in 1972 in Wageningen, The Netherlands.
It is now one of the many varieties of apples grown in British Columbia, primarily in the Okanagan and Creston Valleys. Despite being responsible for only 25% to 30% of Canada’s apple production during the last decade, British Columbia accounts for 65% to 70% of all Canadian exports.
Although most apples grown are from only a dozen or so different varieties, many British Columbian orchardists also have a few trees of heritage or uncommon cultivars. Those few plants help supply the over sixty varieties of apples that are available for purchase and tasting at the annual Apple Festival at UBC, coming up next weekend. If you’re a local, you absolutely need to attend.