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

Oaken Pin

Why you should be excited:

Oaken Pin is a strongly-flavoured old English apple named for its shape: like an old-style door fastener.


apple_oakenpin.jpgThe story of Oaken Pin:

The names of old apple varieties can provide as much insight into the particulars of life back in the day as they do into the fruit’s characteristics.

Take Oaken Pin, for example. What the heck is an ‘oaken pin’?

We’re told the name comes from the egg-shaped wooden ‘pins’ that were once used to fasten doors. Back in the day in olde England, apparently.

So this is an old apple and it’s one that can vary considerably in taste: in years with good ripening, its flavour can be powerful; in lesser vintages, the apple taste can be hidden behind a wall of tartness.

As with wine grapes, it all depends on the year.

Oaken Pin Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain, but likely discovered in Devon, England, sometime in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The sweet, firm, crisp flesh packs an intense and rich apple flavour, when it's properly ripened.


This egg-shaped apple has a pretty red flush.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (barely more than 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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