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

Northern Spy

Why you should be excited:

Northern Spy is a classic eastern North American variety that’s revered as a pie apple by folks in that region.


apple_northernspy.jpgThe story of Northern Spy:

From the late 17th through early 19th centuries, eastern North America was likely the greatest producer of new apple varieties the world has ever known.

The early development of the continent by Europeans featured great need for food and drink, but a dearth of infrastructure to produce it, including fruit tree nurseries.

How to grow apple trees without nurseries? The only possible answer was to plant tens of thousands of apple seeds –- each guaranteed to produce a brand-new apple variety of unknown quality –- and hope for the best. Settlers planted huge orchards this way and the best of the resulting trees –- including Northern Spy –- were North America’s gifts to the world.

It was a huge –- if inefficient –- contribution to apple diversity.

Northern Spy Facts

Its origins:

Raised as a seedling in East Bloomfield, New York, USA, circa 1800.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, cream-coloured flesh has a rich, aromatic and powerful apple flavour with plenty of fruitiness and lots of sweetness and acidity.


There's a dark red flush and bright red stripes over the pale yellow background of this medium to large-sized apple.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in early November).

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Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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