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:

Astillisch is an early-season German apple most notable for ripening in August and its dark red colouring.


apple_astillisch.jpgThe story of Astillisch:

Except for a desire to develop better quality early apples, we can think of little reason for apple breeders to use Red Astrachan for breeding. We're all for experimentation and diversity, but the appeal of yet another August-ripening apple that's soft-fleshed and keeps for about a week - if you're lucky - is pretty limited.

But the folks at the Erwin Bauer Institute in Cologne, Germany decided to give it a try and Astillisch was the notable result.

We know there are people who are super-keen on this variety, as we've heard from folks who have fond memories of Astillisch, which was introduced to the world in the 1960s. We're looking forward to our first fruit from our young trees so we can learn what makes Astillisch such a favourite for these folks.

Astillisch Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Cologne, Germany, around 1929; introduced in 1967.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy, cream-coloured flesh is quite soft, with a tart flavour, balanced by some sweetness.


A large, somewhat flattened apple flushed with dark red, often covered with a dusky bloom.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (no more than 1 or 2 weeks when kept refrigerated).

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