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

Jewett's Fine Red

Why you should be excited:

Jewett's Fine Red is an old favourite from New England also known by the slightly humbler name Nodhead.


apple_jewettsfinered.jpgThe story of Jewett's Fine Red:

Every apple growing region has its local favourites -- and once had many more than it does today.

In British Columbia's Okanagan Valley, Spartan was once one of those apples; on Salt Spring, King of Tompkins County and Gravenstein were similarly favoured.

In New England, Jewett's Fine Red was one of a host of popular regional apples, with locals appreciating its excellent, rich flavour and very nice texture.

We're not sure that folks in Maine and New Hampshire even remember the apple today, but it was once a star. And we're pleased to have the chance to grow it and see how it fares here on the opposite coast of North America.

Jewett's Fine Red Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Hollis, New Hampshire, USA; recorded in 1842.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, crisp flesh delivers a delicious taste that's quite rich.


You may already have guessed: this is an attractive red apple.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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