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

Mrs. Phillimore

Why you should be excited:

Mrs. Phillimore is a distinctively-flavoured English fresh-eating apple that originated late in the 19th century.


The story of Mrs. Phillimore:

Like its parent, Mother, Mrs. Phillimore is an apple you’re going to want to taste for yourself.

Some people sing its praises, focusing on the sweetness of the flesh and the hint of vanilla that many discern in some examples. Others, especially when it’s grown where it’s hard to get apples ripe, find  Mrs. Phillimore tends to taste flat and insipid.

So, which is it?

Either way, this is an interesting apple due to its cross-Atlantic  parentage. Mother is an old U.S. apple, while Cox’s Pomona -– yes, sister of the legendary Cox’s Orange Pippin –- is very much an English apple, valued both for fresh eating and in baking. 

The combination in Mrs. Phillimore is attractive and tasty when properly ripened.

Mrs. Phillimore Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Newbury, Berkshire, England; recorded in 1896.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

In good years, it offers a sweet flavour with a hint of vanilla. In not-so-good years, it can be considerably less inspiring.


Attractively flushed and striped with a bright red colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

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

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