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:

Sansa is a Japanese apple that delivers a nice balance of sweet and tart fairly early in the season.


apple_Sansa_small.JPGThe story of Sansa:

Created as if as a reminder for us to not harbour preconceptions about apple varieties bred in different places, Sansa is that rare commodity: a Japanese-bred apple that isn’t just sweet.

It’s also tart and aromatic with complex flavours, plus it’s ready to eat weeks before the popular Gala, one of its parents.

Sansa proves that not all Japanese-bred apples are one-note sugar bombs.

And a pleasant exception to the rule it is, as Sansa is ripe a few weeks before many of the most interesting apple varieties, yet still has complexity usually associated with late ripeners.

It doesn’t keep long, though, so enjoy Sansa in September before moving on to the big boys.

Sansa Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Morioka, Japan; 1988 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and sweet, with a hint of tartness. Has a complex, aromatic flavour and green-white tender flesh.


Small to medium-sized with bright red stripes and blush on a yellow-green background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (about 2 weeks when kept refrigerated).

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