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

Ellison's Orange

Why you should be excited:

Ellison’s Orange is an English apple from early in the 20th century that can pack a glorious flavour punch.


apple_ellisonsorange.jpgThe story of Ellison's Orange:

The idea of crossing Cox’s Orange Pippin with Calville Blanc d’Hiver interests us mightily.

We know many a cross ends up delivering nothing reminiscent –- let alone of the quality –- of either parent. But this one’s intriguing. The English Cox is legendary for its complex flavour, while the much older French apple, Calville Blanc is almost as highly respected.

So Ellison’s Orange appeared on the scene in 1904 with great expectations – that are fulfilled in good years, with intense flavour and juicy flesh. As long as a hint of aniseed doesn’t turn you off, Ellison’s Orange is a true winner. Even if it doesn’t keep particularly well.

Ellison's Orange Facts

Its origins:

Raised as a seedling in Lincoln, England; 1911 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Intense, rich, aromatic flavour, with a taste of aniseed. The flesh is crisp, yet soft and juicy.


This medium-sized apple's skin shows a red flush and stripes over its greenish-yellow background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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