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

Ribston Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Ribston Pippin is an old English apple revered for its flavour and for parenting Cox’s Orange Pippin.


apple_ribstonpippin.jpgThe story of Ribston Pippin:

Back in the day, before the 19th century appearance of Cox’s Orange Pippin on the scene in England, this was the king fruit of the United Kingdom.

Ribston Pippin was the most highly esteemed of all desert apples during Victorian times, with its powerful flavour, juiciness, aroma and firm flesh winning near-universal acclaim.

It packs flavour of far greater depth than the average 21st century store-bought apple. Even with the rise of its famous progeny, this remains a highly respected apple that’s widely grown in home gardens in the U.K. and is apparently still grown commercially in Sweden.

Ribston Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England, around 1707.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy, firm deep cream-coloured flesh has an intense, rich, aromatic apple flavour, along with a nice jolt of acid.


The yellow-green background skin colour of this medium-sized apple is flushed with brownish-orange and red stripes, ripening to a brighter red over gold.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September or early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 or even 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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