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


Why you should be excited:

Alexander is a big, beautiful heritage apple known for its Ukrainian origins and its parenting of Wolf River.


apple_alexander.jpgThe story of Alexander:

Here’s an apple that has won over fans in Europe and North America, over a period of more than two centuries. Yet most people agree it’s actually surpassed in quality by other apples, including Wolf River, reputedly one of its offspring.

A large apple with pretty red striping, Alexander looks awesome and serves well both for fresh eating and for cooking.

Just don’t expect a hard-fleshed modern apple; instead, this is a softer-fleshed variety, a characteristic that once was the norm but now is pooh-poohed by many.

All the same, Alexander is a good choice both for fresh eating and for baking, although it doesn’t hold its shape when cooked.

Alexander Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in the Ukraine, 18th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Soft, juicy white flesh. Quite sweet, balanced with acidity.


Large in size, roundish with red or carmine stripes covering most of its green background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September or early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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