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


Why you should be excited:

Porter is a New England apple perhaps best known as a one-time favourite of the Fanny Farmer Cookbook.


apple_Porter_small.JPGThe story of Porter:

It's odd how the English have seemingly always valued a cooking apple that breaks down into a perfect mush, while folks in the United States have long had an opposite preference: apples that hold their shape firmly, no matter how long they're cooked.

This difference contributed to Bramley's Seedling's dominance in UK cooking, while various apples, such as Wolf River and Esopus Spitzenberg have held sway in the USA.

Add Porter to the list, as this Massachusetts apple holds its shape and flavour remarkably well when cooked, gaining accolades from old editions of the classic Boston publication, Fanny Farmer Cookbook.

Porter Facts

Its origins:

Raised from seed in Sherburne, Massachusetts, USA, about 1800.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The tender, crisp and juicy flesh is yellow, aromatic and has a nice subacid flavour.


The size varies. Skin is greenish-yellow, sometimes with an orangish blush or stripes. Sometimes russeted.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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