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:

Priam is a red-skinned fall apple that’s pleasantly tart, attractive, resistant to disease and keeps well.


apple_priam.jpgThe story of Priam:

Truly an international apple, Priam was bred in Indiana, USA, tested in England and has achieved its greatest success in France.

One of the first apples produced by the cooperative of Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois Universities, it’s scab resistant, but the prettiness of this apple and its tart flavour are what led to its 1970s release as a new apple variety.

While some say Priam has been surpassed in quality by more recently-released disease-resistant varieties, this remains an excellent apple for organic production and well worth trying.

Priam Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, 1974 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, crisp, fine-grained and tart.


Bright red over a green-yellow background skin colour. Medium-sized.

When they’re available:

Late mid-season (usually early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Used mainly for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (3 months or more when kept cold).

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