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

Devonshire Quarrenden

Why you should be excited:

Devonshire Quarrenden is a very old English variety that ripens early and can be as red as they come. 

apple_devonshirequarrenden.jpgThe story of Devonshire Quarrenden:

With the old apple varieties, there’s often a great deal of supposition.

Take Devonshire Quarrenden, an apple first recorded in the 17th century, but thought to be much older than that. Did it come from Devon, England, as the name implies? Or from France as some people guess? And where did the second half of its name – ‘Quarrenden’ – come from? Might it be from Carentan, a small town in Normandy, France?

What we do know is that Devonshire Quarrenden was once considered the best of relatively early apples. Since surpassed by varieties that don’t go all woolly within a few days of picking, this remains a tasty summer apple.

Devonshire Quarrenden Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Devon, England or Carentan, France; first recorded in 1678.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy and refreshingly tart/sweet white flesh. At times, people note a strawberry-like flavour (but don't count on it).


A pretty, smallish and relatively flat apple with a greenish-yellow background almost completely flushed with bright crimson-red.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good. Also good for juice.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Next to none (you'll want to eat it within a day of picking).

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