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

Keswick Codlin

Why you should be excited:

Keswick Codlin is an old English cooking apple with the bonus of also working quite nicely for fresh eating.


apple_keswickcodlin.jpgThe story of Keswick Codlin:

Here’s proof that good things can come from unlikely places: the fine Keswick Codlin apple was first discovered growing in a garbage pile at Gleaston Castle, in Lancashire, England. And it’s certainly not the only apple variety to have appeared on the scene in that way.

This is good news for cooks who like apples that break down into a juicy, cream-coloured puree when baked. And for folks who appreciate a variety that cooks well while also working quite nicely as an early season fresh-eating apple.

Highly popular during the 19th century, this is a good variety for tasteful home growers, as the tree, its blossoms and the fruit are all particularly pretty.

Keswick Codlin Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Ulverston, Lancashire, England; known by 1793.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This sweet cooking apple is juicy and pleasantly tart. It also tastes good for fresh eating.


This pale yellow-green apple often has russet and a darker yellow flush.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late-August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

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

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