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 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

George Cave

Why you should be excited:

George Cave is a 20th century English apple with unusually good flavour for a summer-ripener.


apple_georgecave.jpgThe story of George Cave:

Appearing on the scene in England during the first half of the 20th century, George Cave won over fans as a good early apple before fading into obscurity a few decades later.

Its popularity came mainly from the fact that it's got stronger and more interesting flavour than most early apples, offering both sweetness and a good jolt of tartness in every bite.

Like most early apples, it doesn't keep well at all, which likely contributed to George Cave's decline from modest prominence to being yet another nice but largely forgotten variety.

It's quite pretty, with a flush of red and stripes of carmine over its pale background. A nice early apple all 'round.

George Cave Facts

Its origins:

Raised from seed in Essex, England, 1923.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Strong flavour, especially for an early apple, with lots of sugar and acid.


The pale greenish-yellow background is flushed with red and striped with carmine.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (no more than a week or two when kept refrigerated).

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