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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

Buckingham

Why you should be excited:

Buckingham is a very old apple from the U.S. South that was long considered a staple of that region.

 

apple_buckingham.jpgThe story of Buckingham:

If you lived in the southern United States at virtually any point prior to the mass marketing age that began mid-20th century, then you would almost certainly be well aware of this classic old apple variety.

Big, well-flavoured, a good keeper and easy to propagate new trees, Buckingham is the sort of apple families would grow and treasure over the long haul.

Appearing on the scene at some point in the 1700s, it’s unclear exactly where or how Buckingham originated. What is certain is that it was grown over a wide area, was known by some 30-plus different names and was much-loved.

Growing this excellent variety will most certainly take you back to a different time and place.

Buckingham Facts

Its origins:

Exact origins are uncertain, although it likely was growing in the U.S. South well before the late 1700s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is tender and juicy with a prightly subacid flavour.

Appearance:

Often quite large, with deep red stripes and marbling.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good.

Quality for cooking:

Good. Also good for cider.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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