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

Colonel Vaughan

Why you should be excited:

Colonel Vaughan is a tasty, pretty and versatile little apple with English roots going back to the 17th century.


apple_colonelvaughan.jpgThe story of Colonel Vaughan:

Also known as Kentish Pippin, this old apple was once a minor star in olde England, recommended for baking in sweetmeats and tarts, for cider and – of course – for fresh eating.

A fixture in London markets until other varieties pushed it aside in the 19th century, Colonel Vaughan is a pretty little fruit and one that delivers excellent taste in an apple that’s also crisp and juicy.

We don’t know whether it fell out of favour due to the small size of the fruit or for other reasons, but it’s certainly worth trying in any event.

After all, we figure it’s always fun when something old proves good enough to make new again.

Colonel Vaughan Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Kent, England, likely in the late 1600s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Quite crisp and juicy, with a sweet, fruity taste and nice balancing acidity.


This small apple is pretty, with its pink flush over a  cream background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good. Also good in cider.

Keeping ability:

So-so (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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