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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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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


Why you should be excited:

Antonovka is a legendary Russian apple variety that can do many interesting things. Starting with being a tasty apple.


apple_antonovka.jpgThe story of Antonovka:

This is the classic Russian apple, a couple of centuries old, yet still revered as much as ever by Russians at home and all over the world.

The epitome of multi-purpose, Antonovka is a tart fresh eating apple when it's first ripe, a more complex eating apple given a bit of time in storage and a popular baking apple throughout.

Plus - most exciting for some of us - the root of this variety - when grown from seed - is a popular winter-hardy rootstock for grafting full-sized apple trees with an amazingly deep taproot. It is, therefore, both remarkably stable and drought-tolerant. Huge bonus for growers in a region like ours, where growing season irrigation water is oh-so precious.

On top of all that, Antonovka also happens to be a rare apple variety indeed: it grows true from seed, which means a planted seed from an Antonovka apple will produce a tree of that same variety, not a radically different, unpredictable hybrid. Which is what you get when you plant a seed of virtually every other apple variety in existence.

Antonovka Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Kursk, Russia; first recorded in 1826.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Refreshing, juicy, perfumed, tart, crisp, pure white flesh, which mellows over time in storage.


A fairly large, bright greenish-yellow apple, often with some russet.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good. Breaks down when cooked.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months when kept refrigerated).

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