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:

Spencer is a tasty apple from British Columbia that’s a cross between McIntosh and Golden Delicious.


apple_Spencer_small.JPGThe story of Spencer:

The ‘co-op’ apple breeders of Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois Universities have their ‘PRI’ naming ritual (Pristine, Priam, Prima and Priscilla among their successes).

And then there are the breeders at the former government agricultural station in Summerland, British Columbia, with their ‘S’ apples. Think Spartan, Sinta, Shamrock and Silken.

Plus, of course, Spencer, an apple introduced in 1959 that has won lots of compliments, but never really caught on commercially or with hobby growers. Which is a shame, as this October apple is crisp, juicy and distinctively sweet, deserving far more attention than it’s ever received.

Three cheers for those Summerland breeders!

Spencer Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; 1959 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, crisp, juicy and noticeably honey-sweet. Many people appreciate its balance of just enough acidity to go with all the sugar.


A large apple with crimson flush over its yellow-green background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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