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

Aunt Rachel

Why you should be excited:

Aunt Rachel is an old apple from the southern United States that ripens early and delivers very nice flavour.


apple_auntrachel.jpgThe story of Aunt Rachel:

The rationale for its name long since evaporated into the unexplained past, Aunt Rachel is an apple known to some simply as Rachel. But mostly, it’s not known at all, as this is a variety that – for many decades – grew only in Chatham County, North Carolina.

Only when apple hunter Lee Calhoun, who happens to live in Chatham County, set to work did it become known and spread slightly more widely than in the past.

And this is a good thing, as Calhoun reports that Aunt Rachel is an excellent early season apple, a juicy highlight to the first few weeks of apple season.

It’s a pretty one, too. The sort of apple that causes one to admire folks like Lee Calhoun.

Aunt Rachel Facts

Its origins:

Likely discovered in Chatham County, North Carolina, USA, unknown date (almost certainly pre-20th century).

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The flesh is juicy and almost pale greenish, with a nice subacid flavour.


It's a medium-sized, lopsided apple with pale yellow background  skin colour, covered mostly by a pretty array of thin, red stripes.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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