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:

Burgundy is an American fresh-eating apple that’s most remarkable for its deep, deep skin colouring.


apple_burgundy.jpgThe story of Burgundy:

When an apple’s appearance gains more attention than its flavour or other eating qualities, you know it’s either going nowhere, or it’s Red Delicious.

Burgundy is obviously not Red Delicious, as you never see it in grocery stores. Yet it is a pretty impressive apple to look at, with skin so dark burgundy in colour that the red actually bleeds into the flesh.

Beyond that, it’s got pretty good eating qualities, with a mild taste and nice crispness. But it doesn’t keep particularly well and there’s really only so much that an apple’s skin colour can do to ramp up the excitement of apple lovers.

So Burgundy remains a minor player in the world of apples.

Burgundy Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1974 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The cream-coloured flesh is crisp and has a sweet, light savoury taste.


The dark burgundy colour of this apple - which is over a pink background - will catch your eye.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 month or 2 at the most when kept refrigerated).

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