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


Why you should be excited:

Winston is an excellent example of cross-breeding gone right. Cox Pippin + Worcester Pearmain = yummy.


apple_Winston_small.JPGThe story of Winston:

Put aside for a moment the fact that this apple began life in England with the relatively neutral name of Winter King before Second World War hero-worshiping led to its renaming.

We don’t know if Mr. Churchill ever even tasted the apple, let alone felt honoured by its renaming. But we do get to taste it and that’s a good thing.

Delivering nice hints of one parent’s  flavour (Cox’s Orange Pippin) combined with the unfussy nature of the other (Worcester Pearmain), this is an apple with many desirable characteristics.

One commercial disadvantage to Winston is the modest size of the fruit, but other than that, it’s hard to find fault with this excellent –- and very red –- apple.

Winston Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Welford Park, Berkshire, UK; introduced in 1935.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The creamy, white flesh is firm, juicy, aromatic, rich and sharp, mellowing in storage to a sweet, delicate flavour.


A dull purplish-red flush and bright red stripes over greenish yellow. Small to medium-sized and usually shows some russet.

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:

Excellent (5 or 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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