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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


Why you should be excited:

Criterion is a top-quality all-round apple that's excellent for fresh eating, baking and even in cider.


apple_criterion.jpgThe story of Criterion:

Once upon a time, all apple varieties were the product of chance, as a new variety came on the scene everytime an apple fell to the ground and one of its seeds sprouted.

But only about one out of every 10,000 seedlings proves to be a tasty new variety. The odds are long, but with literally millions of new varieties appearing each year, some of them were going to be great.

This why, even after centuries of careful intentional apple breeding -- the other kind, where a person intervenes to make sure the pollen of one selected variety gets into the flower of another -- chance seedlings are still some of the best.

And here’s an example: Criterion comes from a chance seedling in Washington State, with Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Winter Banana as close relatives. It offers crisp, white flesh that resists browning and is equally good for fresh eating, baking and in cider.

A chance seedling and a very nice apple.

Criterion Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Parker, Washington, USA, 1960s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp white flesh is tart, tangy and juicy.


A fairly large, tall apple that's shaped a bit like Red Delicious. It's skin is yellow with a red blush - which sometimes covers most of the apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept cold).

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