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

Summer Rambo

Why you should be excited:

Summer Rambo is an old French apple variety still with a following in the U.S. South that's got a classic 'heritage' look.


apple_summerrambo.jpgThe story of Summer Rambo:

Apples sometimes tell us as much about our cultures as they do about our taste buds.

Take Summer Rambo, for example. Here's an apple variety that came from France but never appealed to apple lovers in the nearby U.K., even though it was grown there as far back as 1665.

But Summer Rambo also made its way to the United States and -- despite folks there usually having tastes similar to those in the U.K. -- became a huge hit in the Colonies. In fact, Summer Rambo remained highly popular in the U.S. until the early 20th century.

Why was it ignored by the Brits and loved by folks in the U.S.A.? Something to do with where it came from and the geopolitics of the day, perhaps?...

Summer Rambo Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Rembures, Picardy, France, early 17th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The greenish-yellow flesh is tender, breaking, fairly coarse and juicy. The flavour is mildly subacid.


Medium to large in size and roundish. Its yellow background is mottled with pinkish-red and striped with carmine

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good (some people harvest it early for baking and applesauce).

Keeping ability:

So-so (less than 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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