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


Why you should be excited:

Ambrosia is a modern throwback to the days when most new apple varieties were random discoveries.


apple_ambrosia.jpgThe story of Ambrosia:

Science may be an efficient way to come up with new apple varieties through very intentional cross-breeding, but it’s nice to be reminded by Mother Nature every so often that it’s most certainly not the only way.

Take Ambrosia, for example, an apple variety that appeared by chance in a Similkameen Valley orchard in British Columbia back in the early ‘90s.

That first tree grew as an unintended seedling - presumably having sprouted from a fallen apple - among Jonagold trees. The orchard owner noticed the young tree because, as it began producing apples, the orchard workers tended to strip the tree of fruit - and eat them - as soon as they were ripe.

The rest is history, as that rogue Ambrosia tree was propagated through grafting and planted in other orchards, the variety became quite popular, and is now grown in several countries. Many people consider Ambrosia to be British Columbia's finest homegrown apple (apologies to Spartan, Silken and quite a few others).

And what a fine apple it turned out to be: as tasty as it is pretty and a good keeper to boot.

Ambrosia Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in the Similkameen Valley, British Columbia, Canada; early 1990s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The cream-coloured flesh is sweet, subacid, crisp, juicy and aromatic.


This pretty yellow apple is mostly covered with pink/red striping and blush. It's a medium to large-sized apple.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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