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

Red Dougherty

Why you should be excited:

Red Dougherty is a sport of the Australian apple Dougherty, which was originally discovered in New Zealand.


apple_reddougherty.JPGThe story of Red Dougherty:

Even with all the human effort invested in breeding apples of high quality, some of the best varieties happen by fluke, when a genetic quirk causes a particular tree -- often just one branch -- to do something different that proves desirable.

Take Red Dougherty, a variety that appeared on the scene just that way in New Zealand early in the 20th century.

Dougherty was an Australian apple grown for export to the United Kingdom. When the fruit of one tree planted in Twyford, New Zealand proved to be more highly coloured -- and therefore more attraactive -- than the rest, this variation -- known as a 'sport' -- had arrived and soon won great favour.

And so Red Dougherty was born.

Red Dougherty Facts

Its origins:

Sport of the Australian variety Dougherty, discovered in Twyford, New Zealnd. Introduced in 1930.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A sweet apple with little acidity.


A stout, roundish apple with a greenish-yellow background flushed and striped with red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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