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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:

Foxwhelp is an ancient English cider apple that’s distinctive and revered by aficionados of true vintage cider.


apple_foxwhelp.jpgThe story of Foxwhelp:

Sadly, few North Americans know what real apple cider is about.

As varied and special as the best grape wines, true vintage cider may be an acquired taste, but it’s also one well worth acquiring.

And Foxwhelp is one of the great cider apples, producing a distinctive cider that’ll knock your socks off if all you’ve had previously is the mass-produced sickly-sweet stuff that’s passed off as cider in most liquor stores.

Suited neither to fresh eating nor to baking, Foxwhelp has its niche as a bittersharp cider-making apple that can be blended or used on its own to make a truly great aromatic and musky-flavoured cider.

A one-trick pony perhaps, but what a trick!

Foxwhelp Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Gloucestershire, England, 17th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Bittersharp and full-bodied, so well-suited to cider-making. Cider made with it has a pleasantly musky flavour and strong aroma.


A brilliant red-coloured apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cider-making.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (up to about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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