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

Ohio Nonpareil

Why you should be excited:

Ohio Nonpareil is a Gravenstein-like variety from the USA in the 19th century that's retained niche appeal.


apple_ohiononpareil.jpgThe story of Ohio Nonpareil:

If you love the flavour of a Gravenstein apple but are not such a big fan of its soft flesh, you might just have found a new favourite in Ohio Nonpareil.

This 19th century discovery has similar juicy, savoury, yet sweet flavour to the Gravenstein, yet is firmer fleshed, making it popular among mid-Americans in the know who share the modern predilection for firmer apples.

Early ripening and good for both baking and fresh eating, this is a regional favourite that might very well deserve to be better known by those of us who don't frequent Ohio farmers' markets.

Ohio Nonpareil was a commercially important variety in its region during the 19th century.

Ohio Nonpareil Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Massillon, Ohio, USA. First described in 1848.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy flesh is both savoury and distinctly sweet. Although far from hard, it is firmer than the otherwise similar Gravenstein.


The greenish-yellow background skin colour is striped and mottled with light red.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

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

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