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:

Chieftain is the respected offspring of two prominent apples from the U.S.A.: Jonathan and Red Delicious.


apple_chieftain.jpgThe story of Chieftain:

Iowans know it well, even if few others have even heard of the Chieftain apple, a variety bred in that U.S. Midwest state fully a half century before it was introduced to the rest of the world in 1967.

It’s appropriate that the United States' heartland would produce an apple of quintessential American lineage, with New York’s Jonathan and Iowa’s own Red Delicious serving as parents.

And Chieftain is arguably an improvement over both, with nice taste and crispness, more moderate acidity than Jonathan and more zip than Red Delicious.

Grown commercially in its home state and perhaps nowhere else, Chieftain is certainly a variety worth trying. As a bonus, the tree crops well and is resistant to scab and fireblight.

Chieftain Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Ames, Iowa, USA; introduced in 1967.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The crisp, juicy flesh has a rich, sweet and honeyed flavour and a nice tang without being particularly acidic.


This nice-looking apple is flushed with dark red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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