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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 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

Ard Cairn Russet

Why you should be excited:

Ard Cairn Russet reputedly tastes like banana. Or at least more so than anything else growing in Ireland.


apple_ardcairnrusset.jpgThe story of Ard Cairn Russet:

People swear that a freshly-picked Ard Cairn Russet apple tastes just like a banana.


And, they say, after some time in storage, it gets drier and drier and tastes sweeter and sweeter.

What is it about apple varieties that start with the letter A? Ananas Reinette, Apricot Apple, now Ard Cairn Russet, all with flavours commonly compared to other fruit.

Hmm. We’re looking forward to tasting this variety for the first time, so we’ll have to temporarily withhold judgement on those seemingly far-fetched taste comparisons.

But we do know this much: Ard Cairn Russet is a fairly obscure heritage apple that hails from Ireland, has the classic rough russet appearance and is almost entirely lacking in acidity.

So, if you like your apples sweet, here’s one to try and judge for yourself whether it’s a worthwhile substitute for bananas…

Ard Cairn Russet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Cork, Ireland, around 1890.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, with little juice and almost no acidity. Some people say it tastes like a banana. Becomes sweeter and drier after time in storage.


A moderately large apple with a golden background flushed with orange-red and - of course - with lots of russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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