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:

Bismarck is is an old and tasty Australian cooking apple that was highly popular in the UK until the 1930s.


apple_bismarck.jpgThe story of Bismarck:

This apple variety is old enough that it was considered reasonable for its Australian finders to name it after Germany’s most prominent leader of the second half of the 19th century. Perhaps not a naming convention thay would use today, but I'm sure it made sense at the time.

After all, when Bismarck was first discovered, Europe was still well over half a century away from the First World War. And the assertive flavour of this cooking variety apparently reminded someone of the strength of leadership Otto von Bismarck provided.

This was a popular apple in its time, widely grown in Australia late in the 19th century and also in Britain, where they have always loved their strong-flavoured cookers.

Is there a place for Bismarck today? We invite you to try it and decide for yourself.

Bismarck Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Carisbrook, Australia, 1860s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This culinary variety has a brisk, astringent, assertive apple flavour, cooking to a bright yellow puree.


A medium to large apple with a greenish-yellow abckground mostly covered by a bright red flush and red stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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