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

Rosemary Russet

Why you should be excited:

Rosemary Russet is a much-respected 19th century English apple ranked among the best-flavoured of all varieties.


apple_rosemaryrusset.jpgThe story of Rosemary Russet:

When an apple's flavour is compared to that of the classic Ashmead's Kernel, you know we're talking about a variety that's pretty special.

That's the case with Rosemary Russet, an apple that's been winning accolades for more than a century and a half and one that continues to be widely grown in English home gardens.

The combination of strong apple flavour and an excellent balance between sweet and tart tends to be the recipe for success with classic apple varieties and that's exactly what Rosemary Russet has going for it. It also keeps well, which is a most excellent bonus.

And if you've avoided trying scratchy-skinned russet apples simply because they don't look appetizing, feel free to peel the darn thing and give it a try.

You're in for a treat if you do.

Rosemary Russet Facts

Its origins:

Started from a seed in Middlesex, England sometime before 1831.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Intensely flavoured, with an excellent balance between sweet and tart.


The greenish-yellow background skin colour of this medium-sized apple is flushed with orange or reddish-brown, often with patches of dots or russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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