Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top 25

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more


Cider Kings

We definitely don't stop at 25 varieties. In fact, we consider these 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples and a diminutive super-juicer thrown in) to be the secret to Real Cider. They're most certainly worth checking out. Read more


The Whole 333+

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our Top 25 or Cider Kings lists is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 333+ apples is a winner in our books. Read more

Adams' Pearmain

Why you should be excited:

Adams' Pearmain is an excellent 19th century English apple with a nutty flavour and good keeping qualities.


apple_adams-pearmain.jpgThe story of Adams' Pearmain:

Adams' Pearmain is another great apple variety that you’ll never find in a grocery store, yet it’s far too wonderful to ignore.

Also known as Norfolk Pippin, this pretty apple was one of Victorian England’s favourites, exhibiting a distinctive ‘nutty’ aroma and flavour.

If your apples have got to be gushing with juice, then this relatively dry apple is not for you. But there's a lot more to a good quality apple than juiciness. Adams' Pearmain tastes great, keeps well and is naturally resistant to the diseases that plague apple trees in our dampish climate.

So we’re big fans and we encourage you to give this delicious classic heritage apple a try.

Adams' Pearmain Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Norfolk, England; 1826 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, coarse, fairly dry, pear-like flesh. Sweet and aromatic with a rich nuttiness and good balance of acidity.


A pretty apple with a classic 'pearmain' conical shape, medium size and autumnal red flush on a green background with some russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

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Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (4 to 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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