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

Porter's Perfection

Why you should be excited:

Porter’s Perfection is an English cider apple that contributes a medium bittersharp element to cider blends.


apple_portersperfection.jpgThe story of Porter's Perfection:

Discovered in the 19th century, Porter’s Perfection became a hit cider apple in the early 20th century, with orchards throughout Somerset planting it.

While it’s generally viewed as a decent medium bittersharp, the enthusiasm of the early 1900s was perhaps a bit over-the-top. And that’s why you’ll find far less of Porter’s Perfection in today’s English cider orchards.

While it’s not exactly the world of rock stars, even cider makers seem to need a new ‘next big thing’ on a regular basis.

And Porter’s Perfection hasn’t been that since, oh… about 1910.

Porter's Perfection Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Somerset, England, soemtime in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This cider apple produces a sharp juice with little astringency.


This small apple is flushed and striped red.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually well into November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Don't even think about eating a cider apple.

Quality for cooking:

Good for cider.

Keeping ability:

Rarely tracked (just go ahead and make the cider...).

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