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

Sturmer Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Sturmer Pippin is a 19th century English apple that pays big dividends to those who wait for it to mellow.


apple_sturmerpippin.jpgThe story of Sturmer Pippin:

Here's an apple variety that will strike you entirely differently depending on when you first taste it.

If you assume it's going to taste best if Sturmer Pippin is munched directly after coming off the tree, then you're going to view this as an awfully sour -- if full-flavoured -- apple. But if you're savvy enough to wait until it's ahd at least a couple of months in cold storage, then you're in for a treat.

You see, Sturmer Pippin mellows and sweetens in storage, delivering a well-balanced and flavourful eating experience to folks who aren't in too much of a hurry.

Yes, it's a broad-shouldered brute that's not exactly beautiful, but ther's something special going on here.

Sturmer Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Sturmer, Suffolk, England in the 1800s.Its parents were Ribston Pippin and Nonpareil.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Robust and quite sour when first picked, but mellows in storage to become a nice balance of sweet and sharp.


A somewhat homely green-skinned apple, often flushed with red and with some russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh-eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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