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

St. Lawrence

Why you should be excited:

St. Lawrence is an old Canadian classic discovered in the Montreal area that’s rarely seen anymore.


apple_stlawrence.jpgThe story of St. Lawrence:

It’s funny how –- for most people –- an orange is an orange, despite the differences among varieties. But even the least sophisticated apple eaters will tell you all about the varieties they love and those they can’t stand.

The larger number of varieties may explain part of the difference, but there has also been enough change in tastes over time to make the issue more complicated.

St. Lawrence is an 18th century apple from the Montreal area that was once highly thought-of but now is virtually forgotten. Too soft for modern tastes? Or just pushed aside by the influx of more grocery store-friendly varieties?

Whatever the reason, we’re glad you can try and judge for yourself.

St. Lawrence Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 1835 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Tender, sweet, slightly sub-acid flesh. The flavour is mild.


Bold red stripes over a pale yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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