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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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

Doctor Matthews

Why you should be excited:

Doctor Matthews is one of the many great old apples you’ve never heard of. Delicious with great texture.


apple_doctormatthews.jpgThe story of Doctor Matthews:

Originating in Tennessee, this is an apple that never gained a particularly high profile. This is despite its superior quality, including flavour that an Indiana apple aficionado boasted in 1917 would convince 90 per cent of those who sampled it that Doctor Matthews was “the best apple they ever tasted.”

A forgotten star, perhaps?

As with most great-tasting apples, the secret is neither huge gobs of sugar nor great tartness, but rather the balance between these two. It doesn’t hurt any when the texture is so ideal that people conclude that Doctor Matthews actually melts in your mouth.

So why is it then -- we wonder -- that this apple is so little known?

Doctor Matthews Facts

Its origins:

Likely started from seed in Brazil, Tennessee, USA, late in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

the fine-grained cream-coloured flesh is crisp and juicy, aromatic and just slightly sweet.


This medium-sized apple is yellow with pale red flush and striping on the sunny side.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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