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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

Karmijn de Sonnaville

Why you should be excited:

Karmijn de Sonnaville may have the most intense apple flavour of all the world's thousands of varieties.

apple_karmijndesonnaville-2.jpgThe story of Karmijn de Sonnaville:

I read somewhere that Karmijn de Sonnaville is a "relatively unknown" apple variety. Well, we're not so sure about that, but if it's true, we're happy to do our part to shine some light on this awesome modern variety from the Ntherlands.

The result of some pretty crafty apple breeding, this 1971 introduction is a gorgeous orange-red flushed apple that sets the standard for fresh eating. Or at least it sets the standard for fresh eating by those who like their apples to possess flavour that knocks your socks off. And that's exactly what Karmijn de Sonnaville does.

Some call it intensely flavoured; others fixate on its acidity. Everyone notices how juicy it is. And nobody considers Karmijn de Sonnaville bland.

Sure, this apple can be lumpy and mis-shapen and growers sometimes grouse about its susceptibility to scab, but if you really love classic apple flavour, you'll not want to miss out on Karmijn de Sonnaville.

It also happens to be an incredible keeper, retaining its flavour and texture (if you keep it nice and chilled, yet humid) all the way into the spring following harvest.

Karmijn de Sonnaville Facts

Its origins:

Bred in the Netherlands; 1971 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Outstanding, intense flavour. Acidic and juicy.


Variable shape but pretty colours, with an orange-red flush on a yellow-green background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid- to late-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

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

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