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

Carmeliter Reinette

Why you should be excited:

Carmeliter Reinette is a very old French apple so obscure it makes Calville Blanc d'Hiver seem like Gala in comparison.


The story of Carmeliter Reinette:

apple_carmeliterreinette.jpgThe deeper we got into this apple thing, the more varieties we added to our orchard about which there just wasn't a whole lot of information on the internet or in our increasingly large collection of apple reference books.

Carmeliter Reinette, a 17th century French variety, was one of these. We knew it was an old variety. We knew it was considered tasty and useful for freshe ating as well as cooking and that it ripens late and keeps well. But that's about as far as we were able to go in our research.

Which pretty much left us to grow it, taste the fruit and learn about it through the experience of propagating it. And that's exactly what we're doing.

Carmeliter Reinette Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in France, around 1667.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, crisp and aromatic with a moderately assertive apple flavour.


A medium-sized apple with a gold-coloured background flushed with red. Often has russet as well.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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