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

Vista Bella

Why you should be excited:

Vista Bella is a delicious early apple that offers the first taste of the season to impatient apple fans.


apple_vistabella-3.jpgThe story of Vista Bella:

A classic early apple, Vista Bella offers plenty of assets, while also bringing the typical early apple liabilities.

Developed at Rutgers University back in the 1950s, this is a crisp, tart and remarkably rich-flavoured apple for one harvested so early (July in most climates).

Yes, you need to live with the fact that it doesn’t keep well at all, but how many other bright red, ripe, local apples can you find in July? That’s right: not many.

Year after year, Vista Bella is about the best early hint of what’s to come as it trumpets the start to yet another fine apple season.

Vista Bella Facts

Its origins:

Bred at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, 1970s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Fresh from the tree, it's crisp, tart and surprisingly full flavoured for such an early apple.


A pretty, medium-sized apple with a bright red flush on a light yellow-green background.

When they’re available:

Very early season (usually in July).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Poor (eat it within a few days of harvest, or you'll regret it).

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