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

Irish Peach

Why you should be excited:

Irish Peach is a wonderful early apple that’s at its peak for about 15 minutes each year. Pretty, too.


apple_irishpeach-2.jpgThe story of Irish Peach:

We don't grow a lot of apples that don't keep well. Our thinking: why would we choose a variety that's only good for a day or two when we can have one that's equally tasty and keeps for weeks?

With early season apples, the choice is not always so easy, as long-keeping early apples are rare, indeed.

Which brings us to Irish Peach, a pretty early apple that can taste marvellous, but loses its mojo rapidly once picked.

You’ll never find a variety like this in grocery stores -– and for good reason, given the logistics involved –- but if you can get your hands on an Irish Peach apple the day it’s picked (we suggest you look for it at a farmers’ market), you’re in for a treat.

Irish Peach Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Sligo, Ireland; first recorded in 1819.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Quite tart, although this is nicely balanced with sweetness. The juicy flesh is slightly perfumed.


This smallish apple is pretty, with flecks of brownish red over a pale yellow background.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually mid-August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

None (you'll want to eat the day it's picked).

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