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:

Sundance is a U.S.-bred late-season apple that looks good, tastes good and keeps really well.


apple_Sundance_small.JPGThe story of Sundance:

The co-operative efforts of Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois Universities in the United States have resulted in a prodigious number of very nice apple varieties being introduced over the past five decades or so, almost all of them highly disease-resistant.

The sixteenth variety on that list is Sundance, a pretty Golden Delicious-like apple that counts that sweet variety as one parent.

The other is an unnamed variety that has Winter Banana, McIntosh and Rome Beauty among its ancestors -- not bad heritage varieties to use as a starting point.

The tree is disease-resistant, the apple is attractive and tasty and the effort was clearly well worthwhile.

Sundance Facts

Its origins:

Bred in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 2005 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, fairly juicy flesh has little aroma but a spicy, citrus flavour.


This large greenish-yellow apple sometimes has an orange-red blush.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 7 months when kept refrigerated).

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