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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:

Gravenstein is a legendary multi-purpose apple, perhaps best known for making spectacular pies.


apple_gravenstein-2.jpgThe story of Gravenstein:

There’s been much debate about the origins of Gravenstein, which was first recorded in the 17th century. Did it come from Germany, Denmark or even Italy?

The Danes did their best to circumvent the discussion in 2005 by naming this their national apple. And there’s good reason for their enthusiasm.

This is one of the best-flavoured of all apples, working well both for fresh eating and especially for baking, despite the fact that it doesn’t keep particularly well, so the Gravenstein season is quite short.

Its lovers tend to be fanatical, so if you haven’t checked them out, you’d be well advised to grab a Gravenstein at the first opportunity to get your hands on it.

Gravenstein Facts

Its origins:

First recorded in Denmark, 1669. Its actual origin is uncertain.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Savoury, crisp, yet melting flesh. Juicy, with a distinctive sweet, light taste. Keeps its shape when baked.


It's an uneven shaped, medium to large-sized apple. Yellow-green skinned, with orange-red mottling (except for Red Gravenstein, which has a lot more red).

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Legendarily excellent.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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