The Port Essington Apples – Where did they come from?

The Salmon Cannery town of Port Essington which we visit on a couple of our tours is a location very rich in history.  The town on the lower Skeena River was built by Robert Cunningham in the 1870’s.  The early settlers tried to be fairly self sufficient and one of the ways was to grow their food.  The land around Port Essington was not that conducive to growing crops.  There was a short term dairy cow operation on the limited grazing land.  The stories are that the cows ate alot of skunk cabbage which gave the milk a funny taste and not that palatable for many.  The dairy operation did not last for that many years.  One of the things that the residents did try was fruit trees.  Amazingly the apple trees still remain and are scattered through out the site.  Here are a few pictures of the apples from last year.

Port Essington Apples
Port Essington Apples 1
Tasty Port Essington Apple
Tasty Port Essington Apple