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

Saint Edmund's Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Saint Edmund’s Pippin is a sweet English russet apple that delivers nice flavour and is ripe in September.


apple_stedmundspippin.jpgThe story of Saint Edmund's Pippin:

Insofar as people think of them at all, russet apples are known for their scratchy skin, their strong –- often characterized as ‘nutty’ -– flavour and their tendency to be late ripeners.

Which positions Saint Edmund’s Pippin in a unique spot, as it is a classic russet that’s available much earlier -– generally in September –- than most of its brethren. You still get the scratchy skin and the good flavour, but at least a month earlier than one would generally expect of a russet.

If you do get your hands on some of these tasty apples, eat them quickly, as they only keep a few weeks. And be gentle, because they bruise easily. Most importantly, enjoy this harbinger of the later russets to follow.

Saint Edmund's Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England; 1875 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, juicy, rich, pale cream flesh is dense. The flavour is compared by some to vanilla ice cream with a hint of pear.


Medium-sized with greenish yellow-gold coloured skin and a silvery sheen of russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating, as well as juice and cider.

Keeping ability:

Limited (2 to 3 weeks when kept refrigerated).

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