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

Duke of Devonshire

Why you should be excited:

Duke of Devonshire is a 19th century English apple that delivers classic strong apple flavours.


apple_dukeofdevonshire.jpgThe story of Duke of Devonshire:

To distinguish folks who just like apples from true apple connoisseurs, ask about russet.

Depending on their knowledge and open-mindedness, an apple-liker might not know what russet is or might consider it – rough brownish sections on an apple’s skin – to be a defect.

A connoisseur, however, will know that russet is a natural occurrence, that some varieties are always covered with it and that it’s anything but a defect.

Duke of Devonshire often shows significant russeting, yet it’s much appreciated for its complex apple flavours and a near-perfect balance between sweet and tart.

Russet’s beauty certainly is in the eye of the beholder.

Duke of Devonshire Facts

Its origins:

Seedling raised in Cumbria, England; introduced in 1835.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, fine-textured and fairly juicy, with a rich, nutty flavour. Sweet as well as slightly tart. Best after some time in storage.


Medium-sized flattish apples are a golden-green colour, almost always with significant russeting.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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