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

Blenheim Orange

Why you should be excited:

Blenheim Orange is a 19th century English apple favourite that’s enjoying a rennaisance of appreciation.


apple_blenheimorange.jpgThe story of Blenheim Orange:

Highly popular back in the day, Blenheim Orange apple trees were propagated first in the U.K., then on the Continent and then in the New World, with wood to graft sent to the United States, Canada and Australia.

What was the fuss about?

Why Blenheim Orange’s classic English apple flavour, of course. That means a dryish apple with great sweetness and a distinctive nuttiness. All the rage in the 19th century, don’t you know.

And popular again today as people embrace heritage apple varieties anew.

Who knows, maybe folks will eventually accept that there are lots of different high-quality apple flavours, all worthwhile.

Blenheim Orange Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Woodstock, Oxon, England, 1740.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Typical of English apples, it tastes nutty and sweet. Typical of older varieties, it's a relatively dry apple. Pale cream-coloured flesh.


This large, flattish apple has an orange-red flush over greenish-yellow skin. Also tends to be russeted.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September or early October).

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Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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