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

Coromandel Red

Why you should be excited:

Coromandel Red is a pretty, mild-flavoured New Zealand apple discovered as a chance seedling.


apple_CoromandelRed_small.JPGThe story of Coromandel Red:

Discovered in New Zealand as a chance seedling in 1972, this apple is named for the peninsula on which it was found by Robert Knottenbelt.

The original name of Knottenbelt Red became Coromandel Red and some people now refer to it as Corodel.

We suggest they leave well enough alone and stick with Coromandel Red.

It’s a nice-looking apple that grows on a vigorous tree and keeps quite well. The fruit strikes a nice sweet/tart balance, although the flavours are perhaps too mild for this to be considered a memorable apple.

The strongest impression it’s left people with: that it looks like a great big strawberry.

Coromandel Red Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Coromandel, New Zealand; 1980s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, crisp flesh is fairly fine-grained and the flavour is delicate, with a nice balance of sweet and tart.


A medium to large sized apple with red skin over a yellow-green background and lots of small white dots (known as lenticels).

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

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Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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