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:

Stayman is a 19th century apple popular in the U.S. South that's closely associated with its parent, Winesap.


apple_stayman.jpgThe story of Stayman:

Still popular today in the U.S. South, Stayman is a 19th century apple closely associated with its famous likely-parent: Winesap. So closely associated that confusion sometimes results when people refer to this variety as Stayman Winesap or Stayman's Winesap. Which leads some people to wonder if it's the same apple as Winesap. But it's definitely not.

A multi-purpose apple, Stayman is currently most popular for fresh-eating, was originally marketed primarily as a cooking apple and is reputed to also make fine cider.

You can clear up any risk of identity confusion for yourself by giving the multi-talented Stayman a try and not worrying about its relationship with that other apple...

Stayman Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Leavenworth, Kansas, USA, 1966.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Tender and finely-textured, yet firm and crisp. Tart and spicy flavour.


A medium-sized roundish apple with greenish-yellow skin mostly covered with a dark red blush. Sometimes with dots of russet, too.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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