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

Worcester Pearmain

Why you should be excited:

Worcester Pearmain was once England’s most popular apple of the early fall. It remains a garden favourite.


apple_worcesterpearmain.jpgThe story of Worcester Pearmain:

This pretty red apple was once a star in jolly old England, where no other variety could match its popularity during early fall throughout the latter part of the 19th century.

This despite considerable disagreement over whether it had a deliciously exuberant sweet flavour or a cloying over-the-top sugariness. It all depends on one's point of view.

With the passage of years, Worcester Pearmain’s time as a commercial apple eventually came to an end. The people, however, appear to have spoken by keeping this variety one of the most popular to grow in English gardens, no doubt aided at least in part by the attractiveness of the fruit, not to mention its eye-catching blossoms.

Worcester Pearmain Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Worcester, England, mid-19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, juicy white flesh is extremely sweet, with a strong strawberry-like flavour.


This medium-sized apple stands out for its bright red flush and stripes over a greenish-yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (barely more than a month when kept refrigerated).

All content © 2011-2018

Salt Spring Apple Company Ltd.

Trees & apple products: 250-538-2197

B&B enquiries: 250-537-4935