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:

Gala is an apple everyone knows, but few consider their absolute favourite. A nice commercial apple.


apple_gala-2.jpgThe story of Gala:

Sweet and juicy, Gala is an apple we can understand becoming popular.

Originating in New Zealand, plantings spread widely during the last third of the 20th century, mostly in the form of Royal Gala, a more brightly coloured sport. It’s pretty and flavourful, but really no better than a zillion lesser-known apple varieties.

And –- from an organic perspective –- it’s a fairly fussy apple tree to grow, susceptible to both scab and canker. That makes it a pain to deal with.

We don’t mind if you worship this variety, but we hope you’ll understand why we’ve only got a few Gala trees in our orchard. There are plenty of other varieties we prefer growing.

Gala Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Greytown, New Zealand; introduced in 1965.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Cream-coloured flesh is juicy, with rich, honeyed flavour and hints of a perfumed quality.


Medium-sized with a gold background that's partly covered by an orange flush and red striping.

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:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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