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 Rebel

Why you should be excited:

Red Rebel is an obscure apple from Alabama that's got plenty going for it, despite its bitter-tasting skin.


apple_RedRebel_small.JPGThe story of Red Rebel:

What do you do with an apple that's got plenty in its favour -- attractive, nice flavour, productive trees, good disease resistance -- but also has a notable downside: skin so bitter you really must peel the apple before eating?

Chances are, this question won't need to be answered by many people, as such a variety will never gain prominence and appear in a lot of grocery stores (if any), despite its desirable attributes. So we'll never know how this issue might have been resolved.

And that's certainly true of Red Rebel, as this is an apple from the southern U.S. that is little-known and appears to have never been widely grown.

Yet the positives are real. And the apple has a pretty neat name, too. So, we're happy to grow Red Rebel and see for ourselves just how bitter the skin might be.

Red Rebel Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins, likely in Alabama, USA, sometime before 1930.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The greenish-white flesh is fine-grained, crisp and fairly juicy, with a subacid flavour. The skin tends to be bitter, so it is best eaten peeled.


This small to medium-sized apple is mostly covered with purplish-red skin colouring.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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