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 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

Kerry Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Kerry Pippin is a highly-thought-of early season apple from Ireland that both looks and tastes great.


apple_kerrypippin.jpgThe story of Kerry Pippin:

There's good reason why Kerry Pippin was much planted in English orchards and gardens during the 19th century. This Irish apple combined excellent early season flavour with good looks, making it a desirable fruit for just about anyone to grow.

Like all early apples of its era, this is not a long-keeper, but that's not of great concern to those who love to gobble all the good-tasting apples they can find that are ripe before the end of August.

Sometimes straightforward green in colour, this smallish apple more commonly displays a most attractive tortoise shell pattern of orange and red.

On top of its other strengths, Kerry Pippin is also a heavy cropper.

Kerry Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in Ireland; recorded in 1802.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm flesh offers a nice balance of acidity and sugar along with a rich, densely fruity flavour.


This small apple has gorgeous tortoise-shell colouring of light red and broken red stripes ovber green.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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