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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

Muscadet de Dieppe

Why you should be excited:

Muscadet de Dieppe is a bittersweet cider apple that’s highly-thought of among French cider fans.

 

apple_muscadetdedieppe.jpgThe story of Muscadet de Dieppe:

We know even less about old cider apples than the ancient varieties of fresh-eating and cooking apples.

Muscadet de Dieppe, for example, is really only known to have been widely grown in Normandy, France, as far back as 1750.

Beyond that, all we can say is that it’s a favoured variety in a region that’s consistently produced fine cider, not the mass-produced sickly-sweet plonk dominating the English and North American industries.

Fine ciders are usually made using blends of different apples; if you encounter a quality French bittersweet, there’s a reasonable chance it’s got some of this variety in it.

Muscadet de Dieppe Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Dieppe, France, around 1750.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This cider apple delivers a bittersweet and aromatic juice.

Appearance:

A small, orange-red flushed apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

You won't want to try eating this apple fresh.

Quality for cooking:

Very good in cider.

Keeping ability:

Irrelevant (Just get that cider fermenting...).

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