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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

Millicent Barnes

Why you should be excited:

Millicent Barnes is an early 20th century English apple, especially popular there in home gardens of the 1920s and '30s.

 

apple_millicentbarnes.jpgThe story of Millicent Barnes:

I suppose we can't really blame the English for using their favourite fresh eating apple -- Cox's Orange Pippin -- in the breeding of dozens of new varieties over the years. After all, if you're trying to create something special, it makes sense to start with the best as your raw material.

And Millicent Barnes is one of many, many respectable apple varieties that were bred using Cox Pippin as one of the parents. The other parent is Gascoyne's Scarlet, an attrractive, quite sharp old English apple.

The result of the pairing is a likeable -- if quite tart -- fresh eating apple.

Millicent Barnes was quite widely planted in English home gardens during the 1920s and '30s.

Millicent Barnes Facts

Its origins:

Started from seed in Chester, England, 1903.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The crisp, juicy flesh is refreshing and quite tart.

Appearance:

The yellowish background is flushed with light scarlet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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