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 Russet

Why you should be excited:

Merton Russet is one of about a dozen decent Merton varieties bred during the first half of the 20th century.


apple_mertonrusset.jpgThe story of Merton Russet:

Merton Russet, Merton Pippin, Merton Beauty, Merton Charm, Merton Delight, Merton Joy... you get the idea.

When Merton folk set out to breed themselves an apple variety -- usually using Cox's Orange Pippin as one of the parents and various other respected English apples as the other -- they did nothing in half measures.

And the results proved to be pretty good: a bunch of new apples with interesting flavours and a diversity of other characteristics.

This one is the russet in the bunch, with similar flavours but an entirely different apeparance from Merton Pippin, which also had Cox and Sturmer Pippin as its parents.

It's a tasty apple.

Merton Russet Facts

Its origins:

Started from seed in London, England, 1921; named in 1943.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, yellowish flesh is sharply acidic, balanced with a pleasant sweetness. The tartness mellows with time in storage.


A classic-looking russet apple, with extensive cinnamon-coloured russeting over a golden yellow background.

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 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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