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 Sauce

Why you should be excited:

Red Sauce is an apple that lives up to its name, with pink-stained flesh that makes for a red applesauce.


apple_redsauce.jpgThe story of Red Sauce:

It would be overstating things to say that modern-day interest in red-fleshed apples is a craze.

However, it is a growing phenomenon, given the number of questions and enquiries we get from high-end restaurant and catering types wanting to wow their customers with red-tinged apple baked goods.

Recent as this interest may be, many of the apples that fuel it are far from new arrivals. For example, Red Sauce, a variety bred at New York' State's Agricultural Experiment Station more than a century ago.

It's a variety that needs to be fully ripe for any redness to develop in the flesh, but when it does, it fully lives up to its name.

Red Sauce Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA in 1920. Introduced in 1926.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Quite tart, with strong and distinctive apple flavour.


A round apple with red flush and striping over a yellow background skin colour. Varying amounts of red on the inside, too.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good, especially for apple sauce and jelly.

Keeping ability:

So-so (little more than 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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