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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 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

Belle de Boskoop

Why you should be excited:

Belle de Boskoop is a great keeper apple and a classic old European variety with a memorable flavour.

apple_belledeboskoop.jpgThe story of Belle de Boskoop:

Belle de Boskoop is our companion variety to Karmijn de Sonnaville, two apples that may be related. Belle de Boskoop is reputed to be the male parent of Karmijn de Sonnaville, although we're not sure how that's possible, given that it has sterile pollen.

Regardless, they share two key attributes: they both hail from the Netherlands and they're both unbelievably wonderful apples.

This is the old-timer of the pair, having been discovered -- in or near the Dutch town of Boskoop -- back in 1856. The appearance of Belle de Boskoop fruit varies (which disqualifies it from being sold at Safeway and Wal-mart right off the top), with a light red blush generally appearing on its greenish-yellow, partly-russeted skin.

It's a relatively large apple that grows on a highly productive tree that sometimes is slow to start delivering crops.

Can an apple's flesh be both coarse and tender at the same time? Some people say that's exactly what Belle de Boskoop is. In any case, it's a juicy apple, subacid and one of those varieties that actually tastes better after some time in storage. And Belle de Boskoop is a real champ in terms of its keeping ability, easily going six months without loss of quality, if it's kept chilled an humid.

Perhaps even better for cooking than it is for fresh eating, Belle de Boskoop is a classic old apple variety that scores well in just about every department.

Belle de Boskoop Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Boskoop, Netherlands, 1856.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Coarse yet tender, juicy flesh. Sweet, subacid. Best after some time in storage.

Appearance:

Good, although variable. Large. Light red blush over a greenish-yellow background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually mid- to late-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Excellent.

Quality for cooking:

Very good – holds its shape when cooked.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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