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

Merton Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Merton Pippin is a London-bred fresh-eating apple that combines Cox's Orange Pippin with Sturmer Pippin.


apple_MertonPippin_small.JPGThe story of Merton Pippin:

This apple is the product of yet another English effort to breed new apple varieties using the legendary Cox's Orange Pippin as one of the parents.

This time out, Cox is crossed with Sturmer Pippin, which is known for a distinctive flavour that's been compared -- favourably -- with cold steel. Believe it or not.

Combining Cox with a variety like that is almost bound to create interesting results and that's what happens here, as Merton Pippin delivers delicious flavour, including the Sturmer steeliness.

On top of the interesting flavour, it's known for excellent keeping ability.

Fascinating? We think so. That's why we sought out this now-obscure variety in hopes of trying it for ourselves.

Merton Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Started from seed in London, England, 1914; introduced in 1948.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This crisp and juicy apple delivers plenty of acidity along with a sweet, fresh taste.


The apple's grrenish-yellow background is partly covered with broken stripes of light red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or even 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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