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:

Primate was a favourite in American home orchards during the 19th century. It's still remembered fondly.


apple_primate.jpgThe story of Primate:

There was a time when North Americans paid a good deal of attention to the arrival of new apple varieties on the market, mainly because they wanted to stay on top of the best varieties to grow for home use.

In that sort of world, Primate fared well in New York State, where its nicely balanced flavour -- both sweet and tart playing prominent roles -- won it a lot of fans.

As an early ripening apple, it appealed to those who wanted something tasty that was ripe at the start of September, to tide them over until the great winter apples started ripening -- well into October.

Primate appeals to those who like the almost wine-like flavour of some apples -- such as McIntosh.

Primate Facts

Its origins:

Raised from seed in Camillus, New York, USA, about 1840.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The soft and juicy white flesh has a sweet flavour, nicely balanced by a good jolt of tartness.


A classic greenish-yellow skinned apple, often with some russeting.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (slightly more than 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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