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

Cornish Gilliflower

Why you should be excited:

Cornish Gilliflower is an old English apple noted for its flavour and differing stories on how it got its name.


apple_cornishgilliflower.jpgThe story of Cornish Gilliflower:

This interesting old variety was named either for the unusual clove-like scent of its blossoms or for the distinctive aroma of the fruit when cut. Take your pick.

Either way, Cornish Gilliflower is a favourite old English apple that wins people over mainly as a result of its strong, sweet, aromatic flavour and its pretty appearance (even with its tendency to be a bit bumpy in shape).

Hugely popular in Victorian England and considered the finest variety ever to come out of the Cornwall area, Cornish Gilliflower is an apple that positively cries out ‘Olde England.’

It even has a distinctive pink blossom to catch your eye each spring.

Cornish Gilliflower Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Truro, Cornwall, England, around 1800.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Intensely flavoured, rich and aromatic. While in cold storage, it develops a flowery quality.


A dark red flush partly covers its yellow background, usually with plenty of dots of russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (around 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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