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:

Fameuse is an historic apple that played a key role as an ancestor to the McIntosh and many other varieties.


apple_fameuse.jpgThe story of Fameuse:

You might know this old Canadian apple as Snow. Even if you don’t know it, you almost certainly know some of the apples that have Fameuse as one of their ancestors.

Begin with McIntosh and then think of all the Mac progeny, the children of children and so on. Start with Cortland, Empire, Fireside, Liberty, Macoun, Priscilla, Pristine, Spartan and Tydeman's Early Worcester just to name some examples of descendants that are growing in our orchard.

Fameuse is also known for the perfect whiteness of its flesh and the delectable flavour that was the McIntosh’s starting point.

Nobody knows if this apple came to Canada as a seed or as a cutting from a French tree, so you may want to debate whether or not it really is Canadian. But we do know – for sure – that Fameuse is a classic apple with an awesome history.

Fameuse Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Quebec, Camada, sometime before 1730.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Soft and melting snow-white flesh. Intense perfume. Sweet, crisp, juicy. Some people note a mild strawberry-like flavour.


A small apple with deep red-coloured skin.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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