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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

Karin Schneider

Why you should be excited:

Karin Schneider is a brightly coloured sport of Ingrid Marie and is a fresh eating apple from Denmark.


apple_karinschneider.jpgThe story of Karin Schneider:

It’s a bit tricky to know when a mutation of an apple variety -- often just a single branch that's a bit different from the original -- should be treated as just a minor variation and when it should be treated as a distinct, new variety.

We tend to assume it's a new variety when someone has gone to the trouble of naming the sport with a completely distinct moniker. Not just Red Gravenstein or Spartan Large, for example, but a completely different name.

Such is the case with the pretty Karin Schneider, which is a highly coloured sport of the Danish variety, Ingrid Marie.

Appearing a couple of decades after Ingrid Marie, this one is quite brilliant in its rich red colouring and is desirable enough in eating quality to be grown commercially in a few places in northern Europe.

Karin Schneider Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Denmark, sometime before 1953.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This highly coloured version of Ingrid Marie is rich and juicy in a good year, with lightly aromatic flavour.


A dark red flush and striping dominate this medium to large-sized apple.

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 (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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