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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:

Democrat is an Australian apple best known for ripening really late and then keeping well for even longer.


apple_democrat.jpgThe story of Democrat:

Those of us with simplistic images of places we’ve never visited may be surprised to know they grow apples in Tasmania.

Better than that, it’s where this nice apple variety originated, apparently a chance seedling in an orchard sometime around the end of the 19th century.

Initially named Duffy’s Seedling and eventually also known as Tasma, this is a variety that scores well on three key attributes: it’s sweet, crisp and juicy. It also grows on a relatively disease-resistant tree and the fruit keeps extremely well.

So it might surprise you to know that Democrat is only grown today in Tasmania and New Zealand. And Salt Spring Island, now, too.

Democrat Facts

Its origins:

Discovered as a chance seedling near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, circa 1900.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, juicy and crisp.


A pretty, dark red-flushed apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 7 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).

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