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

Ananas Reinette

Why you should be excited:

Ananas Reinette is an old European apple variety known for its strong pineapple-like flavour and its versatility.


apple_ananasreinette.jpgThe story of Ananas Reinette:

Perhaps I’m jealous of those with finer palates than mine. Or maybe it just bugs me when people try to make something out to be more than what it really is.

Either way, I am a sceptic when it comes to apple varieties described as tasting like other fruit.

We hear about banana-flavoured apples, those that taste like peaches, pears, apricots, strawberries. And several compared to pineapple.

I’ll believe it when I taste it, but I admit the widespread characterization of Ananas Reinette – and, of course, its name – lead me to think this might just be the variety that finally ends my scepticism. Our young trees have yet to produce fruit, so we're waiting to learn for ourselves if this is the case. Does this apple really taste like pineapple?

Even if it doesn’t, this variety's reputedly intense sweet-sharp flavour sounds good to us.

Ananas Reinette Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in the Netherlands; first recorded in 1821.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and juicy with an intense sweet-sharp taste. Many people swear it develops a pineapple-like flavour after a month or so in storage.


A pretty golden-coloured apple with russet freckles.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good. Also good for juice.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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