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

Yarlington Mill

Why you should be excited:

Yarlington Mill is a fine English cider apple that can make a most pleasant single-variety cider.


apple_YarlingtonMill_small.JPGThe story of Yarlington Mill:

Cider apples are an animal (well, plant) unto themselves.

Rarely palatable eaten fresh, they are particularly valued when they are sweet, tart and bitter at the same time, not to mention juicy and compelx in flavour.

This is a tall order, indeed, which is why the vast majority of high-quality alcoholic ciders are made from blends of numerous different apple varieties.

But there are a few varieties -- including Yarlington Mill -- that deliver all of those characteristics in a single apple. These are called 'vintage' varieties and they're the only ones that can make the grade in cider-making when just a single variety is used.

We're looking forward to producing our own crops of Yarlington Mill and seeing what they can do in cider.

Yarlington Mill Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Yarlington, Somerset, England, sometime early in the 20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

An English cider apple producing bittersweet juice that can be used to make a high-quality, single-variety traditional-style cider.


These large apples are red over a yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Like all cider apples, you're not going to enjoy eating it fresh.

Quality for cooking:

Used exclusively to make alcoholic cider.

Keeping ability:

Not generally kept for any period of time. Please crush, press and ferment...

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