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:

Swayzie is an excellent russet apple with good flavour that’s best to eat sometime in mid-winter.


apple_swayzie.jpgThe story of Swayzie:

Here’s a great example –- one of many you can find -– of an apple that’s highly desirable in so many ways, but couldn’t possibly make the grade as a major commercial variety, at least not in today’s world.

Strike number one is obvious at first glance: Swayzie is a russet apple, with that scratchy cinnamon-coloured stuff covering a goodly proportion of its surface.

Strike two: Swayzie trees are not super-productive, which is an absolute no-no in the world of industrial agriculture. It really doesn’t matter how good the apple may be in every other way.

Do we need a third strike to understand Swayzie’s fate?

This is a great apple to enjoy, regardless of what ‘they’ might think.

Swayzie Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in New York State, USA; introduced in 1872.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Aromatic and sprightly, this apple has rich, distinctive flavour. It's also crisp and juicy.


There's plenty of cinnomon-coloured russet in spots and streaks over the skin of this otherwise golden-yellow apple.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in late October or early November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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