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:

A descendent of McIntosh, Cortland is popular among folks from the northeast of North America.


apple_cortland.jpgThe story of Cortland:

Don’t you love it when a regional apple inspires fanatical loyalty among people from its part of the world? We sure do.

Most Cortland aficionados live in Eastern Canada and the northeast of the U.S.A. They swear by Cortland as a great eating apple, an improvement on its parent, McIntosh (the other parent is also a North American classic: Ben Davis).

It’s the flavour of Cortland that thrills these folks the most – just imagine the vinous nature of a Mac pushed up a notch or two.

That’s Cortland, an early 20th century apple that continues to stir memories and find new fans.

Cortland Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1915 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, soft, melting white flesh, with a refreshing, vinous flavour reminiscent of McIntosh.


A medium-sized apple, red-flushed with an appearance similar to - you guessed it - McIntosh. Deeper coloured in cooler climates.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).

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