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:

Nonpareil is an extremely old variety from France that apparently made its way to England in the 1500s.


apple_Nonpareil_small.JPGThe story of Nonpareil:

Given that folks didn't keep super-close track of such things 500-plus years ago, it's difficult to say how old some of the most longstanding apple varieties really are.

Take Nonpareil, for example. Brought from France to England during the 16th century, we just don't know how many years -- decades?... centuries? -- before then it actually first came onto the scene.

Suffice to say, this is a heck of an old variety. So old it's thought to be the parent of another old-timer, England's legendary Ashmead's Kernel. It's also famous for a taste that's particularly popular in the UK: the strong flavour of pear-drops.

This is the kind of apple that really appeals to history buffs.

Nonpareil Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins, likely in France, a very long time ago. Brought to England during the 16th century and recorded in 1696.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, cream-coloured flesh is notable for its powerful flavour and balance of strong acidity and great sweetness.


The yellow-green apples, often russeted, grow on attractive trees.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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