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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 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


Why you should be excited:

Holstein is a great multi-purpose keeper apple with flavour reminiscent of the classic Cox's Orange Pippin.

apple_Holstein_small.JPGThe story of Holstein:

If you haven't heard of Holstein, then you're just not on top of Germany's great contributions to the world of apples. First discovered by chance in 1918, Holstein is -- quite simply -- a wonderful apple.

From a grower's perspective, we can start with the fact that this is a tree that's vigorous and easy to grow. It also happens to be disease-resistant.

Then there's the appearance of the apple, which shows a red-orange blush over its yellow skin. Pretty. Maybe a bit reminiscent of the famed Cox's Orange Pippin. Holstein is also a great keeper, able to retain its qualities for a full five months after harvest, if kept chilled. And then -- most importantly -- there's the flavour. The highly aromatic flavour of Holstein is much appreciated, as is its firm, juicy, creamy flesh.

Very good used in cooking, as well as for fresh eating, Holstein is an apple you'll most certainly want to try. Likely again and again...

Holstein Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Germany, 1918.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, juicy, creamy flesh. Aromatic flavour reminiscent of Cox's Orange Pippin.


Good. A bit flat and lopsided, but with a beautiful orange-red blush on its yellow background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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