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

Brownlees' Russet

Why you should be excited:

Brownlees’ Russet is a 19th century apple known equally for its good flavour and its spectacular blossoms.


apple_brownleesrusset.jpgThe story of Brownlees' Russet:

If you think apple breeding is relatively new and the exclusive domain of university researchers in lab coats, it’s time to think again.

Exhibit A: Brownlees’ Russet, an apple bred by Mr. William Brownlees, a 19th century English nurseryman.

Introduced in 1848, this apple has outstanding flavour, but some admire it even more for its spectacular flowers, which start out as deep carmine buds, opening to pink flowers (the vast majority of apple blossoms are white).

Compared favourably to the great Ashmead’s Kernel, Brownlees’ Russet shows that skilled apple breeding has been underway for a long, long time.

Brownlees' Russet Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Hemel Hempstead, Hartfordshire, England; introduced 1848.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

An intense knock-your-socks-off flavour, rich and sweet, nutty yet strongly tart. The cream-coloured flesh is quite juicy.


Heavily russeted, covering yellow or sometimes brownish-red skin. A medium-sized apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good. Also good for juice.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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