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:

Spartan is the best known of all apple varieties originating in British Columbia, a pleasant McIntosh-like apple.


apple_spartan.jpgThe story of Spartan:

Introduced to the world in 1936, Spartan is almost certainly British Columbia’s proudest contribution to the world of apples.

The product of a cross between McIntosh and Newtown Pippin, its success led to extensive plantings in Canada as well as in Switzerland, Poland and –- to a small extent -– England. It’s the Spartan’s McIntosh-like flavour that wins over apple lovers, along with a nice balance of sugar and acid and its crisp and juicy white flesh.

Perhaps no longer a ‘sexy’ apple from a marketing perspective, Spartan also suffers from susceptibility to canker. So it’s not exactly the perfect apple.

But you still can’t argue with well over 75 years of success.

Spartan Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; 1936 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp white flesh with a juicy sweetness conveying berries, melons or even wine. Some nice balancing acidity as well.


A classic-looking medium-sized deep red-skinned apple with bits of its yellow-green background showing through.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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