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

Tremlett's Bitter

Why you should be excited:

Tremlett's Bitter is an English cider variety packing a firm punch of tannic bitterness. Perfect in a cider blend.


apple_tremlettsbitter.jpgThe story of Tremlett's Bitter:

If the idea of a bitter cider does not immediately appeal to you, consider this: cider without the body provided by bitter cider varieties can seem terribly thin and watery, even by the standards of those who don't like bitterness.

That's why a variety like Tremett's Bitter is so valuable. You don't need a lot of it in the blend to give a cider some life and substance, but in its absence, well... you'll have a pretty forgettable beverage.

So we suggest you embrace the bitterness of Tremlett's Bitter, even if the proportion of this juice in your cider is so small you barely notice it. It can be the difference between a memorable drink and an entirely uninteresting one.

Tremlett's Bitter Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Devon, England, late 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This cider variety's juice is strongly bitter as well as sweet.


Medium-sized with light red striping over a yellow-green background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

You'd be crazy to bite into this bitter apple. Cider only.

Quality for cooking:

Good in cider as part of a blend with less harshly tannic varieties.

Keeping ability:

Cider varieties are generally not stored for long before they're used.

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