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


Why you should be excited:

Margil is an old English variety, which apparently originated in France, that delivers strong apple flavour.


apple_margil.jpgThe story of Margil:

The memorable English apples that existing more than 250 years ago include Ribston Pippin, Ashmead’s Kernel, Court Pendu Plat and Margil.

All four have stood the test of time and live on today, while thousands of other varieties have come and gone over the decades.

Margil’s survival likely has a lot to do with flavour, as it’s got delicious eating quality, complete with strong –- yet subtle and aromatic –- apple flavour. It’s accessible to those whose apple eating hasn’t previously been so adventurous, while still distinctive and impressive.

Organic growers will be happy to know that Margil tends to resist scab quite nicely; less happy news is that it’s quite vulnerable to canker.

Margil Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in France, sometime before 1750.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Distinct, yet delicate, sweet and aromatic apple flavour that is well-balanced and appealing. The yellowish flesh is crisp and juicy.


Medium to small, with an attractive red flushed over greenish-yellow appearance and a tendency to have some russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months when kept refrigerated).

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