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:

Swaar is on old U.S. winter apple with very nice flavour and a Dutch name that means ‘heavy,’ man.


apple_swaar.jpgThe story of Swaar:

Those of you who paid attention in history class -– and studied U.S. history at some point –- will recall that the Europeans who first colonized what later became New York were the Dutch.

That explains the name of Swaar, an apple that originated in New York State and is named for its denseness. Swaar means ‘heavy’ in Dutch, you see.

Back in the day (the early 19th century, we mean), this was a popular apple in the U.S. northeast. Today, it’s virtually forgotten, but its desirable qualities, which include firm flesh and rich flavour, are appreciated as much today as in the past.

So here’s an excellent example of an apple that inspires us to turn back the clock and taste for ourselves.

Swaar Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Esopus, New York, USA; first recorded in 1804.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, cream-coloured flesh is rich and aromatic. Some say it has a nutty flavour and most agree it improves with time in storage.


A medium to large yellow-green-skinned apple partly covered with russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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