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


Why you should be excited:

Yates is an apple of the U.S. South that's known for being small, flavourful and a great keeper.


apple_Yates_small.JPGThe story of Yates:

Here's an apple you might skip right on by at first glance. Not because it's ugly, but simply because it's so small.

People tend to favour big apples, even if they don't have enough appetite to down a huge one in a single sitting. But as you may have heard, good things sometimes come in small packages.

That's certainly the case with this variety, which originated in Georgia and has been a regional favourite for well over a century. Popular in alcoholic cider, it's got excellent flavour and the highly appreciated ability to stay good as new for month after month in winter storage.

This is another apple that appears to be unknown in our part of the world and we're thrilled to have the chance to graft it, grow it and -- hopefully before long -- taste it for ourselves.

Yates Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Fayette County, Georgia, USA, around 1844.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The white flesh is tender, juicy, aromatic and subacid.


The skin of this small apple is covered with flush and stripes of dark red.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh-eating and cider.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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