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:

Pristine is about as gorgeous and delicious as an early apple can get. It even keeps fairly well.

apple_pristine.jpgThe story of Pristine:

This is yet another of the modern ‘co-op’-produced apple varieties from the good people at Illinois, Indiana and Purdue Universities. Their track record of producing fine new apple varieties that don't need to be sprayed with tons of chemicals to produce well is remarkable. 

And Pristine has got to be one of their best. Others include GoldRushJonafree, PriscillaRedfreeWilliams' Pride and Prima among others in our orchard.

This is a high-quality apple coming from trees that are extremely productive. The fruit keeps much better than most early apples, although that's admittedly not saying a whole lot. But for an apple that's ripe this early, Pristine is a pretty incredible find.

For those interested in what it's like to grow Pristine, we're happy to report that it's a fast-growing tree that's easy to keep happy, blooms early and often and has good disease resistance.

Here's the part you should care about most: the fruit is a beautiful lemon-yellow, with a perfect finish. It looks a little bit like Transparent, but is much firmer, less acidic and far better-quality eating. Higher in sugar content than most early apples, Pristine won't make you think it's a lemon, despite its colour.

In decent weather years, we expect to have lots of Pristine on hand maybe even before August and we're likely to sell the last of our fresh Pristine fruit before the end of the summer.

Nice to cook with, even better to eat fresh, Pristine is a variety we're thrilled to include among our top 25 apple varieties at Salt Spring Apple Company.

Pristine Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Indiana, USA; 1994 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

High quality flavour and texture for an early apple. High sugar content.


Excellent. Medium-to-large size, lemon yellow skin colour, often with a red blush.

When they’re available:

Very early (usually in late July).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

So-so (about a month when kept refrigerated) – better than most early varieties.

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