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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

Graniwinkle

Why you should be excited:

Graniwinkle is a very old U.S. apple variety that was most widely used in cider, back in the day.

 

The story of Graniwinkle:

apple_graniwinkle.JPGWe’ve added a few obscure apples to our orchard over the first few years of grafting and planting and Graniwinkle certainly belongs in that category.

Most apple references don’t even mention this very old U.S. variety, perhaps because it was primarily considered to be a cider apple.

The quirky name actually has a fairly mundane explanation: the first person to cultivate this apple –- back in early 19th century New Jersey –- went by the name Graniwinkle. As a result, the apple did too.

Respected in the past for the excellent cider it made, word is that this variety also makes for a very nice fresh eating apple. We look forward to giving it a try.

Graniwinkle Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in New Jersey, USA, sometime around the early 1800s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

In the past, the rich, sweet flavour was mainly used in cider, although it is apparently a nice fresh-eating apple, too.

Appearance:

The greenish-yellow skin of this medium-sized roundish apple is flushed with a fairly dark red, along with red stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good.

Quality for cooking:

Very good in cider.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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