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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

Claygate Pearmain

Why you should be excited:

Claygate Pearmain is a late-ripening English apple bred early in the 19th century and valued for fresh eating.

 

The story of Claygate Pearmain:

apple_claygatepearmain.jpegThere was a certain practicality to much of the apple variety naming back in the day. In the 19th century and earlier, apples were often named after the person who introduced them or the place they were from. This is in contrast to the marketing gimmicry of today's names like SweeTango or the silliness of intentionally using different names in different markets (Florina versus Querina or Pinova versus Pinata, Sonata and others).

Which brings us to Claygate Pearmain. Claygate is the English town where this apple was found and propagated. And 'pearmain' was a word used to describe apples shaped like a pear: tall with a fatter bottom than top.

A practical way to name an apple, don't you think?

Claygate Pearmain Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Claygate, Surrey, England; introduced in the 1820s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The relatively soft flesh is juicy, aromatic and flavourful.

Appearance:

This fairly large apple has a yellow-green background that becomes yellower in storage. It often has a red/orange flush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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