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

Erwin Bauer

Why you should be excited:

Erwin Bauer is a tasty fresh-eating apple that’s big where it was first raised: eastern Germany.


apple_erwinbauer.jpgThe story of Erwin Bauer:

Here’s another apple that was slow to appear on the international scene due to its origins in one of the nations vanquished in the Second World War.

While most such examples are Japanese, this one is German.

It’s a tasty fresh eating apple that was first raised in 1928, but that didn’t get its name and introduction to the world scene until 1955.

And a whole lot happened in Germany between 1928 and 1955, as anyone who knows 20th century history is well aware.

Still popular in Germany, Erwin Bauer is a tasty apple with attractively dark colouring that catches the eye.

Some even say its tartness is reminiscent of pineapple.

Erwin Bauer Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Muncheberg-Mark, Germany; named in 1955.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and juicy, with a nice brisk flavour and pineapple-like acidity.


The deep yellow background is partly covered by reddish-brown flush and striping.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).

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