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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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

Sweet Sixteen

Why you should be excited:

Sweet Sixteen is a versatile apple that's delicious to eat fresh and distinctively flavoured when baked.

apple_sweet16-3.jpgThe story of Sweet Sixteen:

Depending on what varieties you check out first, you might think Salt Spring Apple Company is biased in favour of old classic apple varieties. Or you might think we're obsessed with newfangled modern varieties that are disease resitant to the max.

But really, if you check them all out, you'll see that we love both, plus everything in between that's truly excellent.

Sweet Sixteen was a relatively early entry into the 'modern' disease resistant apple category, although it's this apple's fine eating qualities that have allowed it to stand the test of time since its 1973 introduction.

Sure, it was marketed as a hardy, vigorous, early-bearing apple growing on disease resistant trees. But the accolades Sweet Sixteen has received over four decades have less to do with all of that and more to do with its unique flavour, firm, crisp texture and aromatic qualities. Not to mention the fact that it's almost as good a cooking apple as it is a fresh eater.

Truly a multi-purpose variety, Sweet Sixteen is the one to try if you're skeptical about all the apple varieties that have been introduced more for the convenience of growers than the taste buds of apple eaters. This one most certainly scores highly among both audiences.

Sweet Sixteen Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Minnesota, USA; 1973 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, crisp, aromatic, moderately acidic, sweet.


Very good. Large-sized, with red skin colouring striped over a green background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Very good, with a unique vanilla-like flavour when cooked.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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