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:

Shenandoah is an apple originating in 1940s Virginia, the product of breeding Opalescent with Winesap.


apple_shenandoah.jpgThe story of Shenandoah:

Back when a Virginia-based academic set out to breed Shenandoah, he had high hopes for a new apple variety, expecting it would become a commerical mainstay for processing as apple sauce and pie filling.

But it was not to be, leaving Shenandoah to sink into obscurity after its 1960s release. Obscure perhaps, but still a very nice apple both for cooking and fresh eating.

The rich flavour, tartness, pleasant crispness and juiciness remind us of how numerous good quality apples similarly didn't make it commercially, despite their desirability.

Luckily for us -- and you -- we aren't limited by the same constraints as industrial agriculture.

Shenandoah Facts

Its origins:

Started from a seed in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, 1942. Introduced in 1967.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and juicy, with a subtle but distinctive aroma and rich flavour.


A roundish, solid-red apple.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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