The Story of Nova
The first apple trees
came to Nova Scotia in the early 1600s. The trees were brought
to Port Royal, Nova Scotia, by French setters. In the 1700s the
New England Planters and the Loyalists brought new and different
apple varieties to Nova Scotia. Other settlers arrived from Scotland,
Ireland and Germany and continued the newfound tradition of apple
growing in Nova Scotia.
Apples have been an
important part of the lives of Nova Scotians for hundreds of years.
Our ancestors used apples to make apple butter, cider, pies, tarts
and sauce. Apples were often dried in the fall and then used year-round
to make many tasty apple dishes. Children used apples to make
crafts, such as apple dolls. Apples were appreciated by every
member of the family.
Scotia apples are sold to local markets for fresh eating, or are
exported to countries around the world. Many apples are sent for
processing into delicious apple products, such as juice, sauce
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