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


Why you should be excited:

Sandow is a Canadian apple that ripens late in the season and delivers a cornucopia of fruit flavours.


apple_sandow.jpgThe story of Sandow:

This is one of those apples that makes us wonder why it isn’t famous and grown all over the world.

Bred in Ottawa, Ontario during the first third of the 20th century, Sandow is reputed to be absolutely delicious as a fresh-eating apple and also good in cooking, in salads (it’s slow to brown after being cut up, which is nice) and in cider.

Why do so few people know about Sandow and few orchards grow it? We don’t know.

Yes, the tree has a few quirks that require attention from the grower, but no more than some other varieties that are much better known. So let’s consider this one of Canada’s best kept apple secrets.

Our recommendation: seek Sandow out and decide for yourself.

Sandow Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; 1935 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, juicy, melting flesh. Some people swear this lively-flavoured apple delivers a definite hint of raspberries. Others say cherries.


Bright scarlet stripes and flush over a yellow background skin colour. Medium-sized and roundish-shaped.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

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

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