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 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples 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

Airlie Red Flesh

Why you should be excited:

Airlie Red Flesh possesses all the qualities of an outstanding fresh-eating apple. Plus it’s got spectacular red flesh.


apple_AirlieRedFlesh_small.JPGThe story of Airlie Red Flesh:

Whoever first discovered Airlie Red Flesh (also known by a trademarked name we can't use without obtaining a licence) must have gotten quite a surprise.

Sure, first glances reveal a pretty yellow apple -- maybe with a blush and maybe not -- with prominent whitish dots, known as lenticels. Nice, but unremarkable.

But when you cut -- or bite into -- one, you instantly learn this is a red-fleshed apple. Or at least pink-fleshed.

The combination of excellent flavour and texture plus rose-red flesh (all the rage among some aficionados) are the makings of something special.

It’d deserve to be popular even if it wasn’t red-fleshed and, on top of everything else, Airlie Red Flesh keeps well.

Airlie Red Flesh Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Airlie, Oregon, USA, 1960.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Hard, crisp, juicy, sweet, rich flavour.


A pretty yellow apple on the outside (sometimes with a pink blush), with rose-red flesh inside.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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