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:

Blaze is a mid-20th century apple bred in Illinois and known for its prettiness and pleasant taste.


apple_blaze.jpgThe story of Blaze:

Despite its high-octane name, this is not an apple that has generated a whole lot of publicity over recent decades. This may be partly because its parents – Collins and Fanny – are themselves not exactly household names.

Raised as a seedling in 1939 at the University of Illinois, Blaze is a mid-season fresh-eating apple that makes up for its low profile by delivering good flavour and an attractive appearance.

Relatively unknown, perhaps, but it’s got a lot going for it, including that nice flavour, good looks and reasonable keeping ability. Who really cares that nobody else has heard of it, as long as we have and we’ve taken a definite liking to this variety?

Blaze Facts

Its origins:

Raised as a seedling in Urbana, Illinois, USA in 1939; 1958 release.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and sweet, the flesh conveys a very nice, sprightly flavour.


A beautiful apple with a carmine flush and stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).

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