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 Stettiner

Why you should be excited:

Roter Stettiner is an ancient apple originating in Germany that's got a distinctively fruity flavour.


apple_roterstettiner.JPGThe story of Roter Stettiner:

This apple received its current name way back in 1776, but was already a very old variety at that point, having been recorded under a different name (De Signeur d'Hiver) about 180 years before that. And who knows how old the variety was at that point?

Now that's an ancient apple.

And for a variety to stick around that long, it's got to be special.

In this case, 'special' means a strong fruit flavour that reminds folks of melon and strawberry and continues to be powerful and distinctive long after harvest -- right into February, while also maintaining its most excellent crispness.

With characteristics like this, it's no surprise people have kept Roter Stettiner alive and producing for centuries.

Roter Stettiner Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in Germany; believed to be ancient.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Distinctively flavoured and sweet, with vinous qualities described as being like a cross between melon and strawberry.


This irregularly-shaped apple is ribbed and covered with a dark red flush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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