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

Ben Davis

Why you should be excited:

Ben Davis is a classic American apple that once ruled the market: red, firm, mildly sweet and a great keeper.


apple_bendavis.jpegThe story of Ben Davis:

It must be odd to be Jimmy Carter: decades past being ‘the most powerful man in the world,’ yet still around to observe the shenanigans of his successors more than a third of a century later.

Ben Davis is the Jimmy Carter of apples and I say that as someone who admired the former Georgia peanut farmer back then and even more today.

Like Carter, this apple once ruled the United States as variety of choice, appreciated for its firmness, great keeping ability and mild, sweet taste.

But time passed and Winesap eventually swept Ben Davis aside, only to itself be supplanted by Red Delicious.

Now, largely forgotten, but still respected by those who remember it, Ben Davis is an apple that once was the apple.

Ben Davis Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain, but likely raised from seed in Kentucky, USA, circa 1800.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm-fleshed, with a light, sweet flavour.


The classic red apple look, with a flush of deeper red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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