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


Why you should be excited:

Discovery is a pretty early apple from England that gets each new apple season off to a fresh and tasty start.


apple_discovery.jpgThe story of Discovery:

If you think the ancient practice of planting apple seeds and hoping for the best is long gone, think again.

Discovery is a mid-20th century apple that originated exactly that way, when an orchard worker in Essex, England  planted a bunch of Worcester Pearmain seeds and found the best of the resulting trees bore a desirable early apple, indeed: Discovery was born!

A popular commercial variety in England, Discovery’s greatest strength is its early ripening. But’s it’s also a pretty red apple that tastes refreshing, if not complex. And it grows on a tree that’s not especially finicky.

Best of all, it’s a welcome harbinger of the new apple season each August.

Discovery Facts

Its origins:

Started from seed in Essex, England; introduced 1949.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and juicy flesh that's sometimes slightly stained pink. Relatively tart. Some say it can have a hint of strawberry flavour.


This roundish, slightly flat, medium-sized apple tends to be flushed bright red over its greenish-yellow background.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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