Why could say no to a pretty Canadian Strawberry? Even though it's (a) not a strawberry and (b) not from Canada.
The Strawberry's cheerful striped blush comprises varying shades of orange over yellow. Tiny light lenticels are easy to miss.
The apple has a classical conical shape with slight ribbing, and my two samples are medium sized and on the small side of that. That's no indication of how big this apple can get however. Their calyxes are partially open and they smell like sweet cider.
They don't look especially like strawberries, which raises the question: how do they taste?
Inside the Canadian Strawberry, coarse yellow flesh is breakingly crisp with just a little give.
It's a juicy apple with nice well-balanced flavors of vanilla, lychee, and corn syrup. A dash of generic berries is the closest this sample comes to the distinctive strawberry.
The second apple is mealy and past peak. But go figure: strawberry is indeed present.
The Strawberry ripens in September, and I did not get mine until Cider Days in early November.
My composite idea of this apple has good texture and that great strawberry flavor in a single package. Wish I had a third one of these to test that theory on.
This apple seems to be from Maine, not Canada, though other theories place it in New York under a different name. Fedco Trees, a source of heritage budwood, heaps praises on this variety and puts it in the same league as Cox's Orange Pippin.
Personally I am happy to give the great state of Maine credit for the Canadian Strawberry. Here's a good story about this apple.
And for something almost completely different: an apple that does look to my eye like a giant strawberry, even though it does not taste like one. Coromandel Red.