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

Cox's Orange Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Cox’s Orange Pippin is viewed by folks from the U.K. as unquestionably the holy grail of fresh eating apples.


apple_coxsorangepippin.jpgThe story of Cox's Orange Pippin:

Let’s be honest here: people in England tend to view themselves as THE authorities on apples. Quality, serious apples, at least.

And the word from the British Isles is that you can and will never do better than a Cox’s Orange Pippin when you’re looking for a fresh eating apple.

It might not immediately win over those who want nothing but hard, crisp and tart apples, but there’s no doubt Cox’s Orange Pippin has a whole lot of interesting flavours going on, all at the same time.

Don’t worry about the superior British attitude; try a Cox Pippin anyway. If it’s your first, open your mind, then your mouth. You’re in for a special treat.

Cox's Orange Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Discovered at Colnbrook Lawn, England, 1825.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Unparalleled complexity of flavours. Spicy, honeyed, nutty, aromatic yet subtle. Ideal balance of sweet and tart.


Medium-sized. Red stripes over a background that's greenish-yellow, verging on golden. Often russeted.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (around 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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