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:

Summerred  is a dark red early-ripening apple from British Columbia that’s juicy, flavourful and soft-fleshed.


apple_summerred.jpgThe story of Summerred:

If I was introducing a new early-ripenin apple variety, I’d likely be tempted to use a word like ‘summer’ in its name. Especially if the town near where I did my apple breeding was called Summerland. Even more likely if one of the new variety's parents was a variety named after this town.

The problem with this approach, though, is that there are already a dozen or more apple varieties with names starting with ‘summer.’ So there’s a risk of getting lost in the shuffle.

Arguably, this may have happened to Summerred, as this is a little known but nice early apple with similarities to one of its grandparents, McIntosh. 

Summerred’s flesh is so nice, it’s been described as ‘sorbet-like.’

Summerred Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Summerland, british Columbia, Canada; 1964 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The soft white flesh is sweet and juicy, with a hint of strawberry flavour. Some say it's vinous.


Looks similar to McIntosh, except it's often completely dark red-skinned.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (up to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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