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

Rome Beauty

Why you should be excited:

Rome Beauty is an attractive apple that keeps well and –- unusually –- will grow without any winter chill.


apple_romebeauty.jpgThe story of Rome Beauty:

We tend to be sceptical of any apple that’s known more for its keeping ability than anything else.

But at least Rome Beauty –- known to some as Red Rome –- also looks great and has the unusual characteristic of being able to produce fruit without any winter chilling. Unlike almost all other apples, this variety does not need to experience a certain number of hours of cold during winter in order to produce fruit the next year.

Which is why you can find Rome Beauty growing in unexpected locations such as Brazil and Indonesia.

Admittedly, this is a mildly flavoured apple that won’t provide its growers -– in any country –- with particularly remarkable fruit.

Rome Beauty Facts

Its origins:

Grew as a shoot on seedling rootstock in Rome Township, Ohio, USA, around 1817.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The relatively soft flesh is mildly flavoured.


A fairly large, deep red-skinned apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

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Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Excellent (about 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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