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


Why you should be excited:

Wagener is good for cooking soon after being picked and good for fresh eating after some time in storage.


apple_wagener.jpgThe story of Wagener:

Never underestimate the value of a true multi-purpose apple like Wagener, which is delicious cooked when it’s freshly picked and still quite sharp and then lasts wonderfully as a considerably mellower eating apple that can be good all the way into the following spring.

One apple, two distinct personae. Pretty cool, eh?

Considered one of the best U.S. fresh-eating apples and commercially important in the northeast of the USA during the later part of the 19th century, Wagener may have long since lost favour with the big guys in the industry, but it’s still got plenty of positive characteristics for us 21st century civilian apple lovers to appreciate and celebrate.

Wagener Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Penn Yan, New York, USA, 1791.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet and crisp. Acidic when young, mellowing in storage.


This medium-sized apple has a dull reddish-brown flush and red stripes over a greenish-yellow/gold background skin colour. It's irregularly shaped.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 5 or even 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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