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

Berner Rosen

Why you should be excited:

Berner Rosen is Switzerland's most popular apple, despite being unknown almost everywhere else.


apple_bernerrosen.jpgThe story of Berner Rosen:

It is, perhaps, a bit like being Canada's most respected cricket player.

Berner Rosen is number one among apple varieties in Switzerland. Like cricket in the Great White North, we might not expect a lot of competition for top apple in the land of the Alps.

Ah, but we'd be wrong. Like almost every other nation located in a temperate region, Switzerland does indeed have plenty of interest in apples. And folks there figure this pretty, sweet and juicy apple is absolutely the best.

And who can blame them for their loyalty to an apple discovered in their home country? Such loyalties are among the most appealing attributes of the mighty apple.

Berner Rosen Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Oppligen, Switzerland around 1888.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, juicy flesh is aromatic, with a fine sub-acid flavour.


A pretty, medium-sized, oblong-shaped apple with deep red colouring over a green-yellow background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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