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

Duchess of Oldenburg

Why you should be excited:

Duchess of Oldenburg is an old Russian apple, once quite popular, known more for its beauty than its taste.


apple_duchessofoldenburg.jpgThe story of Duchess of Oldenburg:

Is this a gorgeous apple or what?

Each one looks like a unique abstract painting, its red stripes and mottling creating a pretty pattern over the pale yellow background.

Originating in Russia (where it was known as Borovinka), Duchess of Oldenburg became popular throughout Europe and North America during the 19th century.

It’s still widely planted in Russia and northern Europe.

Granted, the mild flavour of Duchess of Oldenburg doesn’t impress as much as its appearance, but this remains a solid multi-purpose apple that’s nice eaten fresh and appreciated by cooks looking for an apple that will dependably break down into a fluff.

Duchess of Oldenburg Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Russia, early 18th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The soft, cream-coloured flesh is juicy, savoury and quite tart. The flavour is mild.


This big, gorgeous apple has a pale yellow backgrouns that is striped and mottled with red.

When they’re available:

Very early season (usually in August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Fairly good.

Quality for cooking:

Good. Breaks down into a fluff.

Keeping ability:

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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