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

Chisel Jersey

Why you should be excited:

Chisel Jersey is a bittersweet cider apple that was a big star among aficianados in the 1960s and ‘70s.


apple_ChiselJersey_small.JPGThe story of Chisel Jersey:

Among the relatively small number of North Americans who drink cider with any seriousness, how many know what apple varieties went into their favourite blend?

Not many, we’d guess.

But in a few countries, things are different, so an apple like Chisel Jersey – a highly astringent bittersweet cider apple – can have been a rising star back in the ‘60s and ‘70s – much like Chardonnay among oenophiles – before sinking back into the pack as tastes evolved.

One day, perhaps we in the New World will know and care enough about cider, and the apple varieties used to make it, to ponder the merits of Kingston Black, Bulmer’s Norman and Porter’s Perfection to those of Chisel Jersey and many more.

We can dream…

Chisel Jersey Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Somerset, England, sometime in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This cider apple has bittersweet, highly astringent juice.


This conically-shaped apple is flushed with red.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

This bitter apple is unlikely to be eaten, except by wildlife and farm animals.

Quality for cooking:

It's not cooked, but as a cider apple, it's very good.

Keeping ability:

One tends not to keep cider apples for long, so it's not relevant.

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