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:

Chesapeake is a rare bird: a 20th century variety started from seed that wasn’t from intentional breeding.


apple_Chesapeake_small.JPGThe story of Chesapeake:

If you think the picture looks a lot like a Red Rome apple, you’re onto something. Chesapeake was started from a Red Rome seed in 1958 Kentucky.

And what an excellent new variety it was: tasty and a good keeper, coming from trees that are hardy and productive.

This, of course, is how almost all the thousands of new varieties originating in North America during the 17th and 18th centuries came into being.

But not so common anymore by the 1950s, mainly because it’s such a crapshoot, what with the odds of roughly 10,000 to one against a planted seed resulting in a good quality apple worth propagating.

For those of us who appreciate apple diversity, this is a reminder of the value of keeping an open mind when nature creates new varieties.

Chesapeake Facts

Its origins:

Grown from a seed in Wallingford, Kentucky, USA; introduced in 1967.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The white flesh is juicy and flavourful.


A medium to large-sized apple with smooth skin that is mostly red in colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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