Ambrosia (apple)

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Malus domestica 'Ambrosia'
Malus 'Ambrosia'.jpg
Cultivar 'Ambrosia'
Origin  Canada, 1990's

'Ambrosia' is a cultivar of apple originating in British Columbia in the early 1990s. The original tree was first cultivated by the Mennell family of Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, who discovered it growing in their orchard.[1]


The fruit is medium to large, weighing about 215 grams (0.474 lb), and has mostly red, glossy colouration, with yellow patches. It has cream-coloured, firm meat with a sweet flavour reminiscent of pear and low acidity. 'Ambrosia' harvest is mid to late season. Trees are hardy and no major disadvantages have yet been identified.[2][3] These apples flower in mid to late season, and are in flower group 4[clarification needed].[4]

Ambrosia is most common in British Columbia, where it was discovered, and is the third most produced apple in the province. It is also being produced in Ontario and Nova Scotia, as well as many other places around the world.[5]


The patent[6] provides additional background. Parentage is suspected to be 'Starking Delicious' × 'Golden Delicious' because those apples existed in the orchard where the 'Ambrosia' was discovered growing.


  1. ^ "Ambrosia®". Apples. Okanagan Plant Improvement Corporation (PICO). Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  2. ^ "The Ambrosia Apple Story: A Delicious, Home-Grown Original". 
  3. ^ "Ambrosia Apple". British Columbia: Ministry of Agriculture. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  4. ^ Ltd, Orange Pippin. "Apple - Ambrosia - tasting notes, identification, reviews". Orange Pippin - all about apples and orchards. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Ambrosia Apples in Canada - Frequently Asked Questions". Ambrosia Apples. Retrieved 2016-12-02. 
  6. ^ "Patent USPP10789 - Apple tree named `Ambrosia`".