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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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

Doctor Harvey

Why you should be excited:

Doctor Harvey is a very old cooking apple variety with a distinctive taste once revered by English cooks.


apple_doctorharvey.jpgThe story of Doctor Harvey:

If you lived in England anytime from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries and liked to bake, there’s a good chance you knew – and liked – Doctor Harvey.

Named for a university master who – around 1630 – bequeathed money for road improvements between Cambridge and London, this is a classic British cooker, reducing to a puree that’s mildly tart and packed with apple flavour. None of that ‘firm pieces of apple’ stuff that North Americans have traditionally sought in their cooking apples.

Widely available in English shops for about 300 years, Doctor Harvey has largely disappeared in the past half century.

Doctor Harvey Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain, but likely discovered in East Anglia, Engalnd, sometime before 1629.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This cooking apple becomes a tasty, sweet puree with a gentle acidity.


The pale green or gold background skin colour of this large apple is usually partly covered with a pinky-brown flush.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (2 to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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