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

Roman Stem

Why you should be excited:

Roman Stem is an old apple variety from New Jersey, notable for both its quality and its productiveness.


apple_romanstem.jpgThe story of Roman Stem:

In a world with many, many interesting apple varieties and -- for most of us -- limited growing space, it can be hard to pick varieties to plant.

We have room for just over 330 different varieties in our orchard, but few other apple tree owners have the luxury of so many.

Why, then, would people choose to grow a relatively unknown variety like Roman Stem? For some, the novelty factor may be important, but still, there are lots of novelty varieties to choose among.

So we also demand good flavour, nice texture, attractiveness and a tree that produces large crops annually. That plus the novelty factor.

And that's exactly what we get from Roman Stem.

Roman Stem Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in New Jersey, USA, sometime before 1868.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The tender and juicy flesh verges on being sweet.


A medium-sized apple that's roundish and pale green-skinned, often with blushes of pale pink or bronze on the sunny side, plus russet patches.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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