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:

Priscilla was the second disease-resistant apple variety introduced by a co-op of three American universities.


apple_priscilla.jpgThe story of Priscilla:

University apple-breeding programs may seem like unromantic starting points for a variety, but they sure can produce results.

A relatively early example of this was Priscilla, a disease-resistant apple variety first planted in 1962 and introduced to the rest of the world a decade later. Its resistance to apple scab, powdery mildew and fireblight matters most to growers; its good flavour and pleasing crispness matter more to the rest of the world.

Like its fellow Purdue/Rutgers/Illinois brethren -- just look for names that begin with p-r-i -- Priscilla was a welcome addition to the world of apples. Even if it has never become particularly famous.

Priscilla Facts

Its origins:

Bred in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 1972 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Medium-grained, crisp, coarse, mildly subacid, with a pleasant flavour.


Medium-sized. The yellow background skin colour is at least two-thirds covered by a red blush.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months when kept refrigerated).

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