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 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples 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

Winter Banana

Why you should be excited:

More than just an apple with a wacky name, Winter Banana works well both for cooking and fresh eating.

apple_WinterBanana_small.JPGThe story of Winter Banana:

If you like your apples big, juicy and aromatic, then this is the variety for you, even if you -- like us -- don't end up thinking 'banana' whenever you take a whiff.

Discovered in Indiana back in 1876, Winter Banana is an all-time classic. It looks hearty and tastes that way too. Crisp and benefitting from an outstanding balance of sugar and acid, this is the sort of apple your grandparents loved.

In addition to its other great attributes, Winter Banana grows on a tree that starts producing fruit young and then does so consistently year-in and year-out. It produces lots of large apples that keep very well -- a good four months, anyway -- once they're harvested.

Equally good cooked as eaten fresh, Winter Banana is also an excellent tree to add to your own orchard, as -- in addition to making nice apples -- it produces plenty of viable pollen to ensure a good haul of fruit on all the other trees.

Winter Banana Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Indiana, USA, 1876.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy and aromatic, with a good sugar/acid balance.


Excellent. Large, with a rose-coloured blush covering much of the skin’s attractive yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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