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

Rhode Island Greening

Why you should be excited:

Rhode Island Greening is a classic old U.S. green-skinned apple variety, used both in cooking and fresh-eating.


apple_rhodeislandgreening.jpgThe story of Rhode Island Greening:

You may be unsurprised to read that ‘greening’ is an old term for a green apple.

You may be less unsurprised to know that Rhode Island Greening was first raised by a Mr. Green in Green’s End, an area of Newport, Rhode Island.

So green’s the theme. And this apple delivers, with bright green colour to match its name.

A hugely popular apple in the eastern United States for some 200 years, you could find Rhode Island Greening in markets right up until the 1930s.

This big guy works well as a cooking apple when it’s freshly picked –- packing plenty of tartness -– and later as a fresh-eating apple that keeps well right into spring.

Rhode Island Greening Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, in the 17th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

As a cooking apple, it's sweet, with plenty of briskness and flavour. After time in storage, it mellows into a big, rich fresh-eating apple.


A large, oblong, bright green or yellow-skinned apple with some brownish-red flush and dots of russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (5 or 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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