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

Ralls Janet

Why you should be excited:

Ralls Janet is yet another classic old U.S. apple that stands out due to its excellent, strong flavour.


apple_rallsjanet.jpgThe story of Ralls Janet:

Here's an example of how differing versions of a story can change our understanding of history.

Ralls Janet is a great old U.S. apple that became known in the 1790s, growing on the farm of Caleb Ralls, a Virginian. One story says the apple was a seedling planted by Caleb and named for his wife, Janet. Another story agrees on the origin, but says it was named Jennet or Genit, a British term for a cross-breed. And then there's a third story: that it came from France and was named for Mr. Genet, a French cabinet minister of the day.

Which is true?

Nobody's quite sure, so you get to pick your favourite. And remember to taste the apple while you're at it.

Ralls Janet Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain origins, but first became known in Virginia, USA, 1790.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, crisp and juicy, with a sweet aroma and nicely balanced flavour.


Medium-sized and roundish. The greenish-yellow skin is flushed, mottled and streaked with pink, red and crimson.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in early November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (4 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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