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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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


Why you should be excited:

Salome is a U.S. apple that scores well in every category except for its small size and boring colouring.


apple_salome.jpgThe story of Salome:

Here's another apple variety of the many that provoke me to start ranting about industrial agriculture and how it has robbed us of so much.

You might wonder why Salome would not be a commercially successful apple, especially once you learn that it tastes very nice, stores well, grows on healthy and productive trees that resist scab and the entire tree can be picked all at once.

So excellent quality and convenient for the grower, too.

Ah, but industrial agriculture tells us this apple's colouring is a bit drab and -- sin of sins -- the fruit tends to be on the small side of medium. So Salome doesn't make the grade commercially.

We say phooey to that and are pleased to introduce you to yet another commercial reject well worth trying.

Salome Facts

Its origins:

Started from a seed in Ottawa, Illinois, USA, around 1853; introduced in 1884.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The crisp and juicy deep-cream coloured flesh is sweet and has a very nice fruit flavour.


Medium-sized or smaller, with pale yellow skin mottled with pinkish-red.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 months when kept refrigerated).

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