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

White Winter Pearmain

Why you should be excited:

White Winter Pearmain is an old U.S. apple of unknown origins and very nice eating quality.


apple_whitewinterpearmain.jpgThe story of White Winter Pearmain:

The story is that this apple arrived in Indiana back in the day, as a young graft stuffed into a saddlebag along with several others.

Anyone who has grafted multiple varieties at the same time will identify with what happened next: this tree and another somehow lost their labels. Mystery varieties, they became.

Since there was no way to be sure what varieties they were, one was referred to as Red Winter Pearmain and the other as White Winter Pearmain.

The red was eventually identified as Esopus Spitzenberg; the white was never identified as a known variety. So White Winter Pearmain it is, a very nice yellow fresh-eating apple that gained a fair bit of 19th century popularity in the United States.

White Winter Pearmain Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins, likely in the eastern United States. Became widely planted by the mid-19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is tender, crisp, juicy, fine-grained and aromatic, with a flavour ranging from subacid to sweet.


Medium-sized or larger and conical in shape, pale yellow-skinned with a blush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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