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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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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:

Stearns is a late 19th century apple from New York that works well both for fresh-eating and cooking.


apple_stearns.jpgThe story of Stearns:

If you line up a Stearns apple beside another New York State introduction, Esopus Spitzenberg, you may be surprised to learn that they have more than just a home state in common.

Spitzenberg also happens to be Stearns' mother, despite the fact that they don't look much alike.

While their appearance might not lead you to make such a connection, their flavour might do more to convince you that the two are related, as Stearns shares Spitz's rich, savoury flavour and nice balance of sweetness and acidity.

So, yes, the hulking yellowish-green Stearns really is the child of the bright red -- and more modestly-sized -- Esopus Spitzenberg. And they're both most certainly worth giving a try.

Stearns Facts

Its origins:

Started from a seed in North Syracuse, New York, USA in the 1880; First recorded in 1900.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Thia juicy apple has an excellent balance of sweet and tart, plus a good savoury flavour.


A very large green-skinned apple that can be slightly misshapen.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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