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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:

Rubinette is a delicious Swiss apple that packs a lot of flavour into a relatively small package.


apple_rubinette.jpgThe story of Rubinette:

If you’re shopping for groceries in Switzerland at some point one fall, keep your eyes peeled for the Rafzubin apple, a variety originating in that country that’s grown commercially there.

In the rest of the world, it’s known as Rubinette.

This variety came on the scene in the 1960s after a seedling of Golden Delicious and –- it’s thought -– Cox’s Orange Pippin proved to have something special to offer; the apples were pretty and delicious, too.

The first tree grew in the town of Rafz, hence the Swiss version of the name, and its flavour-driven success has since spread internationally to a modest extent.

As a result, Rubinette is now grown in small quantities in the United Kingdom.

Rubinette Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Rafz, Switzerand; 1966 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The nearly yellow flesh delivers a rich combination of sugar, acid and intense, honeyed flavour.


This small apple is handsome, with red blush over a yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

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

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