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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

Tydeman's Early Worcester

Why you should be excited:

Tydeman's Early Worcester, child of McIntosh and Worcester Pearmain, was introduced mid-20th century.


apple_typemandsearlyworcester.jpgThe story of Tydeman's Early Worcester:

For a brief period in the middle of the 20th century, Tydeman's Early Worcester was a fairly big thing, at least in France, the Netherlands, England and British Columbia.

Popular as a fresh-eating apple in the years immediately following its 1945 introduction, it nicely combines the flavour of Worcester Pearmain (one parent) with the juiciness of McIntosh (the other).

But since folks have long looked for early apples with good eating qualities plus some ability to keep, Tydeman's Early Worcester's short shelf-life doomed it to a relatively brief period as a popular commercial variety.

Although a decent apple, more recent early varieties -- Pristine and Williams' Pride, for example --  have made it a nostalgia apple.

Tydeman's Early Worcester Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in kent, England, 1929. Introduced in 1945.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The white flesh -- when fully ripened -- has a hint of strawberry flavour and is very juicy.


Medium in size, with bright crimson and darker red stripes over the pale yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh-eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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