Apples from the Okanagan received special recognition during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

Apples from the Okanagan received special recognition during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

Valley apples take away top honours in Ontario

Okanagan apples captured nine of the top 40 places at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

Okanagan apples captured nine of the top 40 places at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

The judging of the apples takes place the day prior to opening and results are announced on the first day of the agriculture fair, held in the heart of the largest urban centre in Canada.

“The quality of the apples was excellent from all provinces this year.  The growers who entered the competition made the judges job difficult this year, and B.C. growers held their own in the competition,” said Glen Lucas, general manager of the B.C. Fruit Growers Association.

Growers from B.C., Ontario, and Quebec entered their best apples in the competition by submitting them in five distinct categories: heritage, new and commercial varieties, as well as best collection of any five varieties, and heaviest/most unusual shaped apple.

Winning apples are on display at the fair after being judged.

The B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association represents 550 commercial tree fruit growers across the province, with a mandate to foster a business environment for the long-term prosperity of B.C. tree fruit growers.