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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 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

Laxton's Superb

Why you should be excited:

Laxton's Superb is a kind of poor-person's Cox's Orange Pippin -- friendlier to grow, but much less complex.

 

apple_laxtonssuperb.jpgThe story of Laxton's Superb:

We're always interested to add an apple variety that's the offspring of two varieties we also have in our orchard, because doing so offers the prospect of a most interesting taste test or two.

Laxton's Superb is a good example of this, as we also have its parents -- the legendary Cox's Orange Pippin and the less well-known Wyken Pippin -- in our collection.

Bred by England's iconic Laxton Brothers Nursery just before the turn of the 20th century, this is an apple that grows better than the fussy Cox Pippin, while delivering at least a hint of its rich, complex flavour.

At the end of the day, though, Laxton's Superb is certainly no Cox Pippin. But at least you stand a chance of getting consistent, healthy crops.

It's important to note that its other parent -- the under-rated Wyken Pippin -- also contributes some positives.

Laxton's Superb Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Bedford, England in 1897; introduced in 1922.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy, fine-textured flesh is sweet, with some complexity of flavour.

Appearance:

Medium-sized, with a greenish-yellow background skin colour covered with a reddish- or pinky-purplish flush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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