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:

Bancroft is an early 20th century Canadian apple that once was commercially important in Ontario.


apple_bancroft.jpgThe story of Bancroft:

I felt slightly un-Canadian as a child, never enjoying McIntosh apples, despite the variety’s fame and Canadian origins.

My problem was the softness of the flesh, which – for me – outweighed the Mac’s pleasant juicy flavour.

Today I regret my rejection of soft-fleshed fresh eating apples, given that this preference of mine is now more widely shared than ever and many, many once-popular varieties are now largely forgotten as a result.

Enter Bancroft, a Canadian-bred apple with McIntosh one of its parents and soft flesh one of its attributes. Not to mention excellent, refreshing flavour.

So many perfectly good varieties are ignored because they are soft. And I'm hardly in a position to criticize others for sharing my preference for firmer-fleshed apples…

Bancroft Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1935 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The soft flesh is juicy and packs a refreshingly fruity flavour.


A classic-looking dark red apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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