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

Reverend W. Wilks

Why you should be excited:

Reverend W. Wilks is what it appears to be: an English apple from an era when they sometimes named them after vicars.


apple_reverendwwilks.jpgThe story of Reverend W. Wilks:

We’re not suggesting that there’s anything wrong with naming an apple variety after an English vicar. Especially when he happened to be distinguished secretary of the Royal Horticultural Society.

But it’s a sign of the times that once were but are no more when such a thing could occur without anyone worrying about the marketability of the apple.

Likely the progeny of Peasgood's Nonsuch and Ribston Pippin, this is as English as an apple can get, cooking to a pale lemon-coloured puree and showing well at the many fruit exhibitions of early 20th century England.

Reverend W. Wilks remains a popular garden apple in the United Kingdom to this day.

Reverend W. Wilks Facts

Its origins:

Raised in England; introduced in 1908.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Cooks to a pale lemon-yellow puree with a light, sweet flavour. It's juicy and barely requires any sugar when used in cooking.


A large, pretty apple with light orange mottling over a pale cream-coloured background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used as a cooking apple.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (2 to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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