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:

Winekist is as heartily red as a red apple can be. And we mean red-fleshed in addition to the deep red skin.


apple_winekist.jpgThe story of Winekist:

We must confess to scepticism over the rising enthusiasm for red-fleshed apples.

This isn’t because there’s anything wrong with them. Nor do we think there’s anything wrong with people appreciating the unusual colour of these apples’ flesh. But when this occurs without regard for other little details such as aroma, texture, how well it keeps, how well it bakes and… oh, yes, how it tastes… well, that’s when we have a problem.

However, people are interested in red-fleshed apples and some varieties do have decent flavour. Including Winekist, which is super-tart and flavourful at the same time. And its flesh is incredibly red. Even the leaves and bark are red-tinged.

Winekist Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Winthrop, Maine, USA; introduced mid-20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This red-fleshed apple is coarse, juicy and extremely tart while also packing nice apple flavour.


A small to medium-sized apple, it's red, red, red, inside and out. Even the leaves are reddish and the blossoms, too.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks at most, even when kept refrigerated).

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