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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


Why you should be excited:

Epicure is a sister apple to Laxton's Fortune, both yet more good-quaity offspring of Cox's Orange Pippin.


The story of Epicure:

apple_laxtonsepicure.jpgJust as the U.S.-born siblings Liberty and Freedom are quality apples and different enough to co-exist nicely in the same orchard, the same can be said for England's Epicure and Laxton's Fortune.

Like so many other English-bred apples, they started with Cox's Orange Pippin as one parent. For these particular siblings, the hardy Minnesota-bred Wealthy was the other.

Raised in 1909, about five years after its sister, Epicure produces an apple that's on the small side, but is pretty, has a nice texture and equally pleasant flavour for fresh-eating. Also known as Laxton's Epicure, this variety ripens fairly early in the season.

Laxton Brothers Nursery also introduced a bunch of other varieties during the same era (including Laxton's Superb, which we grow), a most excellent contribution to the diversity of good quality apples.

And after a century, this one remains a popular backyard garden variety in the U.K.

Epicure Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed near Bedfordshire, England in 1909; introduced in 1929.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The creamy white flesh is sweet and juicy, with a hint of Cox's Orange Pippin's complex flavour.


Small to medium-sized, with an attractive mottled flush of orange/red.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh-eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (no more than a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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