A Brand New Apple – the Okana Apple

Our friend Dave Evans has been growing all kinds of fruit for a long time. We first met Dave and his wife Jeanne at the Osoyoos Farm Market this summer.

Jeanne and Dave

We have been most of our fruit from them and the quality and flavor has been exceptional, so when Dave was talking about his new apple , which he has patented and is releasing it to the public this year.

Okana Apple Compared with the Spartan

Okana compared with Spartan

You can read the technical details the Government of Canada has to say about the Okana Apple here.


Last Saturday, I managed to get a bag of the early pickings from Dave.

As an eating apple, I loved them! The ones I brought home have a red-on-green skin and crispy, juicy, aromatic flavor.

GE DIGITAL CAMERAAs I make jams and bake, I like apples that are both good for eating and cooking.

The Okana fits that bill. Tomorrow at the Osoyoos Market, we will have a few jars of Okana Apple Pie jam and a pie (for tasting).

Okana Apple Pie Jam and Apple

Okana Apple Pie Jam

They are a great apple!

Today at the Grand Forks, BC Market we have:

Blueberry Garlic Jelly

Spiced Plum Jam

Strawberry Coconut Vanilla Jam

Beer (Moose Drool Brown Ale) Jelly

Rosemary White Wine Jelly

Hot Pickled Zuchinni

Root Beer Jelly

Grape Jelly

Strawberry Cider Jam

Margarita Jam

Strawberry Jalapeno Jam

Orange Cream Sode

Plum, Garlic and Onion Jelly

Peach Salsa

Dill Pickles


Ringo Pepper Jelly


About badkowalik

Prepared by hand and cooked in small batches – our preserves are cooked slowly. There is an average of 1.5 pounds of fruit in every 8 oz jar. Not only can you taste the difference – you can see the difference. Beautiful natural color and unmatched textures – that can only be achieved by the patience and experience of the Confiseur (the maker). There is alchemy to what we do. Like fine wines, each season has it’s own specific style. We create preserves with exceptional taste. Capturing these flavors is the craft of our business. Beary Good Stuff is a collection of seasonal, sustainable, artisinally made preserves. The collection is made (in limited quantities) from local fruits using traditional cooking methods. We use the freshest ingredients we can get. The small batch production insures a taste and texture that is unmatched in the commercial market today. The collection includes preserved fruits & vegetables – marmalades, jams, fruit butters & salsas, pickles and gift collections that reflect the bounty of the season and spirit of feasting. Although not necessary yet, we have received a letter from the BC Heath Authority. We submitted a package detailing how and where we made our products, what each recipe contains and how we prepare it. This letter is displayed in our tent at the Farm Market. We have our BC MarketSafe and FoodSafe certifications.

Posted on September 20, 2013, in Unique and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. OOOH! We love apples, and that new Okana Apple Pie Jam looks yummy!

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