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:

Orenco is a beautiful, sweet, piquant apple that'll remind you (if you didn't already know) that good things do come from Oregon.

apple_orenco.jpgThe story of Orenco:

Ah, it's tricky when an apple variety has plenty to offer, but struggles with one significant pecadillo. Even if it's otherwise an outstanding apple, a single problem -- if it's big enough -- can be its downfall.

For Orenco, the weakness is its light cropping, not something that need concern those who eat the apples so much as the folks who grow them.

It was this weakness that led us to add, drop and then re-add Orenco to our Top 25. We finally decided to stick with it simply because this is a great apple, in addition to one that hails from our general part of the world.

Found as a chance seedling in 1840 Oregon, Orenco was introduced to the market by Oregon Nursery Company, hence the variety name. The company didn't survive the Great Depression, but the apple has lived on and deservedly so.

This is a high quality desert apple, tender, crisp and juicy, with a sweet, piquant flavour. A pretty bright red-skinned fruit, this is a variety that grows on a tree that makes up for its mediocre productivity by consistently resisting diseases such as apple scab.

All in all, we're happy we kept coming back to Orenco.

Orenco Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Oregon, USA, 1840.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

High quality: tender, crisp and juicy with sweet, piquant flavour.


Excellent. These medium-sized apples are attractive and bright red in skin colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (up to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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