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:

Redfree is an American-bred apple that was one of many super-disease-resistant varieties introduced in the late 20th century.


apple_redfree-3.jpgThe story of Redfree:

The name is straightforward: ‘red’ for this apple’s pretty maroon skin colour and ‘free’ for its freedom from most of the diseases that drive apple growers crazy.

Back in 1966, around the time the folks at Illinois, Purdue and Rutgers universities were ramping up their ‘PRI’ apple releases, Redfree sang the same tune as several others: quality new apple varieties that offered good flavour and other qualities while also coming with impressive disease resistance.

This one offers a subtle flavour (some sense a hint of strawberry in Redfree) and a pleasant juiciness. It doesn’t keep well and the fruit on a particular tree tends to ripen over a considerable period of time, so industrial agricture had little interest in this variety.

Redfree Facts

Its origins:

Bred in New Jersey, USA; raised in 1966 and introduced in 1981.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Behind the tough skin is a pleasant juiciness and nice flavour that includes a hint of strawberry.


A pretty maroon-coloured apple.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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