BA Hons (Engl) , 1972
Little could this SFU English graduate have predicted that a tiny chance sapling would catapult his career in a new direction that would impact families across the world. Wilfrid Mennell, one of SFU’s first students (Charter alumnus), was replanting his orchard in BC’s beautiful Similkameen Valley when he discovered a unique shoot growing in a row on his orchard. Wilfrid took care to help the sapling develop into a tree that eventually bore a unique apple that tantalized the taste buds. He called it Ambrosia, meaning "Food of the gods", given its ‘honeyed sweetness and juicy crunch.’ He knew he was onto something and began growing more Ambrosia apple trees; he even patented the new apple and began marketing it as a unique apple in the marketplace.
Consumers quickly snatched up the available apples – which were initially introduced into the organic fruit market. they particularly loved the flavour and the fact that it doesn’t brown as quickly as most other apple varieties. Now over two decades later Wilfrid’s Ambrosia apples are being enjoyed by families around the globe including Canada, the US, Chile, and New Zealand.
Congratulations on all of your success, Wilfrid, and thank you for providing families with a delicious and healthy fruit to enjoy!
To learn more about how to pick and store Ambrosia Apples, check out this informative site: http://www.ambrosiaapples.com/ambrosia-facts
Submitted by: Cathy Daminato