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

Mannington's Pearmain

Why you should be excited:

Mannington's Pearmain is an 18th century English variety that grew from discarded cider pomace.


apple_manningtonspearmain.jpgThe story of Mannington's Pearmain:

Good things happen to people who compost. That's how we'll explain the origin of this apple variety, which grew from a pile of pomace (also known as 'left-over solids') discarded under a hedge after cidermaking in 19th century Sussex, England.

Clearly, the composting of that pile was imperfect, as all the seeds did not decay. This allowed a little tree to sprout. Which brought the world this tasty new (then) apple variety, which has plenty to recommend it.

First and foremost is the flavour, which is characterized as rich, yet subtle and aromatic, well-balanced and with a hint of nuttiness. All this on a reasonably vigorous tree that crops well.

Sounds like a winner to us.

Mannington's Pearmain Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Uckfield, Sussex, England, crica 1770.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The well-balanced flavour of the firm, juicy flesh is rich and aromatic, with a hint of nuttiness.


The roundish, medium-sized fruit has greenish-yellow coloured skin with a pinkish flush and some russeting.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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