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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 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


Why you should be excited:

Suntan is a tasty English fresh-eating apple combining characteristics of Cox’s Orange Pippin and Court Pendu Plat.


apple_suntan.jpgThe story of Suntan:

Highly thought-of for its flavour, which will particularly appeal to those who like a fair whack of sharpness combine with rich apple flavours, Suntan certainly has its detractors.

The principle argument against this variety is that it’s not ideal for organic growing, given its susceptibility to powdery mildew when it’s grown in dry regions and susceptibility to canker when it’s grown in damper areas. A conundrum, to be sure.

But those who really enjoy intensely-flavoured apples that pack a nice acid punch and are better after some time in storage might want to persevere and try growing it anyway.

Like its fussy parent, Cox’s Orange Pippin, some folks say it’s most definitely worth the extra effort.

Suntan Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Kent, England, 1956.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Robustly aromatic, rich, sweet, with pineapple-like acidity.


Medium-sized with orange-red and red stripes over a gold background skin colour. Has patches of russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh-eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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