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

William Crump

Why you should be excited:

William Crump is a British apple with a strong and distinctive flavour that mellows over time in storage.


apple_williamcrump.jpgThe story of William Crump:

Yes, the name might make you think this is a boring old English apple. And it is indeed an English apple, but most certainly not a boring one.

That's because the flavour of this October-ripening variety is powerful and interesting, combining sweetness, acidity and aromatic qualities in a most satisfying way. Over time in storage, the substantial acids recede and a subtler, rich flavour emerges.

Given all this, it's no surpise that the parents here are the legendary Cox's Orange Pippin and the highly respected Worcester Pearmain.

This apple was named for the head gardener at the Worcester estate where it reputedly was bred.

William Crump Facts

Its origins:

Bred at Worcester, England, sometime before 1908.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Powerfully flavoured, with a strong aroma, lots of sweetness and acidity like pineapple.


This medium to large apple has a greenish-yellow background skin colour covered with a bright orange-red flush and red stripes.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-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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