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

Altlander Pfannkuchenapfel

Why you should be excited:

Altlander Pfannkuchenapfel is a huge mouthful of a name for a fine German heritage cooking apple.


apple_altlanderpfannkuchenapfel.jpgThe story of Altlander Pfannkuchenapfel:

If the lengthy German name of this variety doesn’t stop you in your tracks, its translation into English – try “pancake apple of the Alte Land” on for size – might just.

This is a much-respected cooking apple from the Hamburg area that has lots going for it, as long as you’re looking for a nicely flavoured cooking apple that breaks down into a mush (as per the British preference) when you cook it.

In addition to its good flavour, Altlander Pfannkuchenapfel grows on a naturally disease resistant tree and – for those of us for whom the German language is a novelty – comes with a 25-letter name that rolls off the tongue quite pleasantly, if lengthily.

Altlander Pfannkuchenapfel Facts

Its origins:

Raised as a chance seedling near Hamburg, Germany around 1840.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This cooking apple packs plenty of sharp, fruity flavour and cooks to a puree.


The yellowish background skin is attractively mottled with red. When cooked, it makes a pretty lemon-yellow puree.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking, although it's also good for juice.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (2 to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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