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:

Winesap is the classic favourite apple of the U.S. South. Even if it did originate in New Jersey.


apple_winesap.jpgThe story of Winesap:

If you were in the U.S. South during the 19th century and you were offered an apple to eat, there’s a pretty decent chance it was a Winesap.

This was the apple of that time and that place and for many in the South, it remains so to this day. Despite the rise and fall of Ben Davis, which was a star before Winesap. And despite the rise and now-happening fall of Red Delicious, which became the big star after Winesap.

Through all of that, Winesap continues to be revered because it's good no matter how you use it -- performing well in fresh-eating, cooking and cider-making. And it keeps well, too. On top of all that, the tree is dependable, producing good-sized crops every year.

What’s not to like about an apple with those qualities?

Winesap Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in New Jersey, USA, sometime before 1800.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, juicy, sprightly and fruity flavoured. As the name indicates, some find it distinctly vinous.


A classic-looking, dark red apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Good and also for cider.

Keeping ability:

Very good (5 months when kept refrigerated).

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