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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:

Dabinett is an English apple renowned for the excellent bittersweet flavour of its juice in alcoholic cider.


apple_Dabinett_small.JPGThe story of Dabinett:

Here's an apple variety that excites those who are interested in English-style alcoholic cider.

Dabinett is one of few varieties possessing all the qualities to make a single-variety cider: it's bittersweet, strongly flavoured, with enough sugar to produce sufficient alcohol and -- as a bonus -- it's a reliable cropper that grows on a tree possessing excellent natural disease resistence.

Yes, this is a dream apple for cider lovers. We expect that as high quality cider rises in prominence -- and we truly believe this is going to happen in a big way over coming years -- you're going to hear a lot about Dabinett, which has a long track record of cider success in the U.K.

Bring on Dabinett and a new era of cider excellence, we say!

Dabinett Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near South Petherton, Somerset, England, early 20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This bittersweet English cider apple provides a high-quality, aromatic, full-flavoured juice for traditional-style cider-making.


The small yellow-green apple is flecked with red.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Like all cider apples, you're not going to enjoy eating it fresh.

Quality for cooking:

Used exclusively to make alcoholic cider.

Keeping ability:

Not generally kept for any period of time. Get that cider fermenting!

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