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:

Atlas is a Canadian apple from the early decades of the 20th century, mostly forgotten despite its nice flavour. 

The story of Atlas:

This is yet another apple raised by Canada’s excellent apple breeders that’s largely been forgotten in the years since its 1924 release.

A cross of Duchess of Oldenburg with St. Lawrence, this is a juicy early season apple with pleasant flavour. Its notable characteristics are maybe just a bit out of step with modern tastes, given its soft flesh – not a positive selling point these days, as consumers crave rock-hard apples.

Atlas is unlikely to make a comeback and gain commercial prominence in the foreseeable future, but we’re happy varieties like this are still around for us to enjoy and remember the days when Canadian federal government apple breeders did such great work.

Atlas Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in 1898.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

When it's fully ripened, the soft flesh is white and juicy, with a brisk, savoury flavour.


The skin is flushed with pink and striped with carmine.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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