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

Reinette Simirenko

Why you should be excited:

Reinette Simirenko is both a Ukrainian classic and a delightful green-skinned apple that's crisp and tasty.


apple_ReinetteSimirenko_small.JPGThe story of Reinette Simirenko:

How many apple varieties can say they've been to outer space? Okay... how many if they were able to talk? Taken along by cosmonauts for snack-time, no less?

I'm guessing not many.

But Reinette Simirenko, a classic old Ukrainian apple variety, has this claim to fame. Even more impressive for most of us located here on earth, it's a tasty apple that some may consider an improvement over the similar-looking Granny Smith. It's less tart and has a more well-balanced and complex flavour, people say.

Just ask someone who hails from the Ukraine; in our experience, they tend to get pretty excited when the topic of Reinette Simirenko comes up. So we recommend trying this apple for yourself and seeing if you feel likewise.

Reinette Simirenko Facts

Its origins:

Widely considered to have originated in the Ukraine, 1895, but some say this may be the same as an American variety that's at least 40 years older than that.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and tender, with greenish-white flesh that's delicately tart and well-balanced in flavour.


A medium-large, green-skinned, conical-shaped apple, occasionally with a slight reddish blush.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in early November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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