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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:

Kent is a modern-bred variety that combines Cox’s Orange Pippin and Jonathan to make a nice eating apple.


apple_kent.jpgThe story of Kent:

Kent, Kent Malling, Malling Kent… modern, intentionally-bred apple varieties rarely have so many variations on their names.

Bred by the renowned H.M. Tydeman at the East Malling Research Station in England, this apple is delightful when properly ripened. But like many varieties, it’s not up to snuff in years where the summer is low on sunshine.

Kent's parental pair is promising: the great English Cox’s Orange Pippin gets together with the classic American Jonathan.

The result has inspired commercial growers in England to plant Kent in modest quantities, although it’s unlikely to sweep the planet. Especially since it tends to show significant russetting.

Kent Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Kent, England; introduced in 1974.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Rich and aromatic with plenty of sweetness and balancing acidity. It does have coarse felsh and tough skin.


A medium-sized apple with an orange-red flush and red stripes on a yellow background. Can have significant amounts of russet.

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 (4 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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