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

Gascoyne's Scarlet

Why you should be excited:

Gascoyne’s Scarlet is a beautiful 19th century English apple that starts off tasting harsh before mellowing nicely.


apple_gascoynesscarlet.jpgThe story of Gascoyne's Scarlet:

With a flavour that has been described by some as ‘balsamatic’ and by others as ‘delicate,’ Gascoyne’s Scarlet is an apple that starts off rather harshly –- hard and sour -– at harvest, before mellowing into something special while in storage.

Although it has mostly slipped into obscurity, this is an apple that once gained popularity in Germany and France, in addition to Great Britain.

The bright red flush makes it an eye-catcher. Just remember to bite into a Gascoyne’s Scarlet with care right after harvest. If you can wait until December, you’ll skip the hard and sour phase and move right into delicious.

Gascoyne's Scarlet Facts

Its origins:

Raised from seed in Kent, England; introduced in 1871.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Mellows in storage to become sweet, with an excellent, distinctive flavour.


The cream-coloured background of this large, roundish apple is covered by a bright red flush and stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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