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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

James Grieve

Why you should be excited:

James Grieve is a respected Scottish apple that works well for fresh-eating and even better for cooking.


The story of James Grieve:

apple_jamesgrieve.jpgWhat does it tell you when an apple variety is used extensively in breeding? Perhaps that it's got at least a few attributes that breeders want to bring out in the varieties they intend to help nature to create?

And what does it tell you when numerous children of a variety themselves become respected apples? Perhaps that the breeders succeeded?

In the case of James Grieve, the characteristic that breeders have likely been looking to replicate is this variety's good flavour with a nice kick of acid. That makes this a respected multi-purpose variety and it also led to James Grieve's children, such as Greensleeves, Lord Lambourne, Katy and Falstaff achieving their own success. Not to mention grandchildren such as Topaz.

So perhaps it's time to get acquainted with James Grieve...

James Grieve Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Scotland, late 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Juicy and tart when first harvested, with somewhat soft flesh. When cooked, it keeps its shape.


This attractive, relatively stout-shaped apple has a red flush over a green background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

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

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