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

Roter Eiserapfel

Why you should be excited:

Roter Eiserapfel is a German apple that had won considerable favour throughout Europe by the 19th century.


apple_rotereiserapfel.jpgThe story of Roter Eiserapfel:

Apple aficionados often tend to favour powerfully flavoured apples over those more subtle. Many don't hesitate to choose a strong-tasting apple that's homely over a pretty apple that's mildly flavoured.

So it's no surprise that Roter Eiserapfel, an old German variety, gets perhaps a bit less credit than it deserves.

After all, its mild flavour -- while quite pleasant -- will not inspire poetry and its pretty appearance might cause some to dismiss it as a vacuous beauty queen, even if such low esteem is really not deserved.

Granted, there's a fine line between subtle and flavourless, but most of those in the know agree that describing the flavour of Roter Eiserapfel as 'modest' is not at all the same as calling it 'bland.'

And it sure is an attractive apple...

Roter Eiserapfel Facts

Its origins:

Started from a seed in Germany, early 1700s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This firm-fleshed apple is sweet, slightly scented and mildly flavoured.


A beautiful apple with a pinkish-red flush over a pale yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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