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

D'Arcy Spice

Why you should be excited:

D'Arcy Spice is an English apple with a unique spicy flavour that needs time in storage to develop well.


The story of D'Arcy Spice:

apple_darcyspice.jpgWe've got good news and we've got bad news.

I prefer to take my bad news first: D'Arcy Spice is a slow-growing apple tree that's not great at pollinating others and produces inconsistent crops of ugly apples that aren't particularly palatable at the time they're harvested. Sound forgettable?

Wait, though! There's good news too and plenty of it: this is a relatively disease-resistant tree that does okay in poor soils, the fruit develops a fascinating cinnamon-like spiciness after it's been stored a month or two and it keeps well.

So, if you're looking for grocery store sex appeal, D'Arcy Spice is liely not for you. Otherwise -- and especially if you've developed a taste for russet apples -- you might very well enjoy this distinctive variety from olde England.

D'Arcy Spice Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Colchester, Essex, England, 18th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Needs a couple of months in storage after harvest before the unique sweet and spice-like flavour can be fully appreciated.


Average in size, knobbly-shaped, with patches of brown russet on the dull green background. The sun-dappled side is flushed purplish-red.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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