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

Pomme Gris

Why you should be excited:

Pomme Gris isn’t actually gray in colour. But it is russeted, which pretty much guarantees good flavour.


apple_pommegris-3.jpgThe story of Pomme Gris:

The references aren’t even clear as to what continent Pomme Gris originated on -– either North America or Europe. 

Nor when it appeared on the scene –- in the 1830s or perhaps as much as a half century earlier -– but we can be sure that this is a typically tasty russet apple, with a rough skin that some admire and others think unsightly.

Those accustomed to shiny red grocery store apples might have trouble with the idea of a dull-coloured, scratchy-coated fruit like Pomme Gris, but we suggest you give it a try.

One taste of a perfectly ripe one may inspire a new admiration for russet apples, all of which are well known for their good flavour.

Pomme Gris Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain. Some say it was discovered in Quebec, Canada, around 1830, while others say it originated in France around 1790.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The tender, creamy yellow flesh has rich flavour typical of russets. Expect hints of pear and subtle nuttiness. Some also taste vanilla.


A small, yellow-green-skinned apple mostly covered with brownish russet.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in early November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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