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

Yellow Bellflower

Why you should be excited:

Yellow Bellflower is an old U.S. apple -– bell-shaped -– that’s good for fresh eating, baking and cider.


apple_YellowBellflower_small.JPGThe story of Yellow Bellflower:

This is one of those apples that makes you wonder why we’re limited to so few varieties in grocery stores.

Sure, it’s understandable that Golden Delicious and then other new additions won favour away from old favourites like Yellow Bellflower. But why did it need to disappear from store shelves entirely?

That’s the reality of mass marketing and industrial agriculture, but we’re lucky enough to have more options today, so we’re keen to try this one for ourselves.

It works for fresh eating, in baking (as long as you don’t mind an apple that breaks down to a puree) and in cider. And it’s an attractive apple, too. One that keeps well and grows decently.

No wonder backyard gardeners love it.

Yellow Bellflower Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Crosswicks, New Jersey, USA, 1742.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, yellowish flesh has a rich flavour, with lots of sugar and acidity.


This long, conical-shaped, lemon-yellow apple looks like a bell hanging in the tree. Often blushed with red or red-orange.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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