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

Lord Lambourne

Why you should be excited:

Lord Lambourne is a very nice English fresh-eating apple that balances strawberry-like flavour with bracing acidity.


apple_lordlambourne.jpgThe story of Lord Lambourne:

Those eager apple breeders at England’s Laxton Brothers Nurseries had to feel good about how things turned out with Lord Lambourne.

Their goal was presumably to draw out the strawberry-like flavour of one parent (Worcester Pearmain) and combine it with the refreshing acidity of the other (James Grieve).

And by all accounts, they succeeded on both scores.

The result is Lord Lambourne, a pleasant eating apple that’s ripe in September, grows on a tree with reasonable disease resistance and crops quite well.

A winning effort to be sure and a fitting addition to the world of fine English eating apples. More than 100 years after the first Lord Lambourne tree was raised, this continues to be a good choice.

Lord Lambourne Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Bedford, England; introduced in 1923.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, juicy and crisp, exhibiting a pleasant strawberry flavour balanced by brisk acidity.


A medium-sized apple with a greenish-yellow background partly covered by a bright red flush and broken red stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 months when kept refrigerated).

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