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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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

Wyken Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Wyken Pippin is an old fresh eating apple variety that was highly popular in the UK during the 19th century.


apple_wykenpippin.jpgThe story of Wyken Pippin:

Here's a classic example of an apple that earned a fine reputation back in the day (meaning the 18th and 19th centuries) in the United Kingdom, but that would not have a hope of widespread popularity if it had instead emerged today.

The two main reasons why this is the case are the apple's appearance, which is pretty low-key, and its size, which is on the small side of medium. Sadly, neither characteristic would cut the mustard in modern North American grocery stores.

But for those of us interested in more than just the huge and shiny red apples that have ruled industrial agriculture over recent decades, Wyken Pippin is a most pleasant throwback.

Wyken Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain origins either in the UK or Holland, early 1700s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Brisk, with a strong fruit flavour and aromatic qualities.


This smallish apple has a golden background skin colour, usually with a brownish-yellow flush.

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 (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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