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:

Davey is an early 20th century apple that’s one of many excellent progeny of the venerable McIntosh.


apple_davey.jpgThe story of Davey:

First, let’s pronounce it right: Davey like savvy, not Davey like wavy.

This variety was named for S. Lothrop Davenport, a Massachusetts horticultural fanatic who is credited with singlehandedly saving some 40 heritage apple varieties from extinction during the early decades of the 20th century.

“Good on Mr. Davenport,” you might say, “but what about the qualities of this not-so-well-known apple?”

Fair question.

Davey is a very nice fresh eating apple that’s related to McIntosh and well worth seeking out, even if partly to honour the man it’s named for. ‘Cause it’s tasty and he did good deeds for the world of apples.

Davey Facts

Its origins:

Discovered at North grafton, Massachusetts, USA, 1928.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and juicy with a good brisk taste. Some get a hint of strawberry in the flavour.


A classic bright red apple.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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