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

Rob Roy

Why you should be excited:

Rob Roy is a pleasant early-ripening apple that’s got a lot in common with McIntosh, one of its parents.


apple_robroy-2.jpgThe story of Rob Roy:

Most of the rest of the world considers this apple to be called Early McIntosh, but here on Salt Spring Island, the few who know it at all refer to it as Rob Roy.

Which strikes us as a more appealing name, so we’re all for it.

We first grafted this variety to help a local man give his kids copies of a memorable old family heirloom tree. A fine sentiment, to be sure.

And if you enjoy the soft, perfectly-white flesh of the Mac, you’ll likely also appreciate this apple, which is reminiscent of the Mac, yet ripe about six weeks earlier.

This is what you get from Rob Roy, the offspring of McIntosh bred with Transparent, an apple that really only has one significant advantage over other varieties: it ripens really, really early in the season.

Unsurprisingly, Rob Roy gives you… well… an early-ripening Mac. Nothing more and nothing less.

Rob Roy Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1923 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy, soft white flesh has a mild, strawberry-like flavour.


This is a roundish apple with a bright red blush partly covering its green background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (up to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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