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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 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

Stoke Red

Why you should be excited:

Stoke Red is a bittersharp English cider apple of good quality that's highly productive and scab-resistant.

 

apple_stokered.jpgThe story of Stoke Red:

It's hard to dislike a cider apple tree that's highly productive and also resistant to scab. Especiaily when its juice is well regarded by cidermakers, providing a nice zap of acid to balance the low acidity of bittersweet varieties.

Stoke Red, named for the location where it originated -- Rodney Stoke in Somerset, England -- as well as its skin colour, is perhaps not one of the most famous English cider apples, but it's certainly a good one.

Because it's got both bitterness and acid -- although not a lot of body -- Stoke Red also gets some play in single-varietal cider.

It became popular in England in the 1920s. Now the rest of the world is catching on.

Stoke Red Facts

Its origins:

Discovered at Rodney Stoke, Somerset, England, 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juice of this cider variety is both acidic and bitter. Perfect for good cider.

Appearance:

As the name implies, this is a mostly-red skinned apple.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Don't even think about it. Cider-only for this one.

Quality for cooking:

Very good in cider.

Keeping ability:

Cider varieties are generally not stored for long before they're used.

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