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:

Dayton is a good solid apple, another introduction from the folks at Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois Universities.


The story of Dayton:

We’ve lost track of how many apple varieties we grow that were bred by the PRI co-operative of three big American universities.

Sure, the romance may be lacking when we think of people in lab coats concocting apples rather than Johnny Appleseed scattering his seed (partially a myth anyway).

But if we look at the parents and grandparents of Dayton, we can see some great history behind all the science.

Dayton’s ancestors include Melba, Rome Beauty, Jonathan and Wealthy, all four worthy heritage starting points for apple excellence.

Dayton Facts

Its origins:

Bred in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 1988 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, crisp, yet fairly tender flesh. Slightly spicy and rich. Mildly tart, balanced by lots of sweetness.


A large apple. Medium red-coloured skin covers a green to pale yellow background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Reasonable (1 to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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