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

Egremont Russet

Why you should be excited:

Egremont Russet may be the best of all russet apples. If you don’t know what russet is, it’s time to learn.


apple_egremontrusset.jpgThe story of Egremont Russet:

If you’re new to heritage apples, especially old English russet varieties, then this is about the best place to start: Egremont Russet is widely considered to be the very best of all russets.

Russet is that scratchy, sandpaper-like coating on the outside of the skin of these varieties. It's not a defect, but rather just the way nature makes them.

Quite different from modern apple favourites that tend to be crisp and earthquake-crunchy, gushing with vast amounts of juice and either super tart (like Granny Smith) or super sweet (like Gala or Golden Delicious), this is an apple that’s fairly dry, with a rich, complex, nutty flavour.

Balanced, yes. Subtle, yes. Even better after time in storage, yes.

Perhaps Egremont Russet and its brethren are an acquired taste, but it’s one most certainly worth acquiring.

Egremont Russet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Sussex, England; introduced in 1872.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A firm, dryish apple with cream-coloured flesh and classic old-time sweet and nutty flavour. The sugar is nicely balanced with acidity.


This medium-sized apple has yellow-gold coloured skin that's almost completely covered with russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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