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


Why you should be excited:

Glockenapfel is Europe's ultimate strudel apple, renowned for its value in baking.


apple_glockenapfel.jpgThe story of Glockenapfel:

Old-time bakers in the U.S. revere Wolf River and Esopus Spitzenberg in their pies, Brits feel similarly about Bramley's Seedling and the French crow with pride about Calville Blanc d'Hiver.

In central Europe, the baking star is the distinctively bell-shaped ancient variety Glockenapfel, which remains to this day a favourite in apple strudel in Switzerland, the Netherlands, the Alsace region of northern France and elsewhere.

Tradition and history may be part of Glockenapfel's appeal, but it also doesn't hurt that this fine cooker offers a combination of excellent sweetness balanced with good, sharp acid.

We love regional favourites almost as much as we love strudel!

Glockenapfel Facts

Its origins:

The origins of this ancient variety are unknown, except that it comes from central Europe and was widely distributed there by the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The combination of strong sweetness and acidity makes this a prized cooker.


Bell-shaped, with medium red blush on a green-yellow background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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