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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


Why you should be excited:

Michelin is a French bittersweet cider apple that's probably better known in England than where it originated.


The story of Michelin:

apple_michelin.jpgHere's a cider apple well-suited to folks who want to plant a few trees of their own, but don't want it to become a major job.

That's because it's a pretty good-natured tree, moderatey vigorous, starts producing at a young age and then ripens big crops year in and year out. That's because it has little trouble with biennialism (producing good crops only every second year), as do many traditional cider varieties.

Equally importantly, Michelin fruit makes retty decent bittersweet juice, with mild tannins and moderate bitterness. It may not be considered one of the true greats in the world of cider, but ahrdly a variety to be passed over, either.

Michelin Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in France, 18th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This bittersweet cider apple produces a medium-bitter juice with soft tannins.


When ripe, the fruit is yellow, smooth-skinnd and round.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

It's not a great idea to try eating a cider apple fresh.

Quality for cooking:

Good in cider.

Keeping ability:

Not relevant, as cider apples are kept just a short time before the cider-making begins.

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