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

York Imperial

Why you should be excited:

York Imperial is a heritage apple that’s still popular in Virginia and Pennsylvania, especially for applesauce.


apple_yorkimperial.jpgThe story of York Imperial:

Imagine for a moment that you’re an elderly Pennsylvania farmer (your name is Mr. Johnson) who is now an invalid. It’s the early 1800s.

You spend your days watching people pass by the farm on the nearby road. One spring, you notice schoolboys regularly stopping during their walk past the front of your farm and digging around under last year’s fallen leaves beneath a seedling apple tree that sprung up by chance some years back.

They’re scavenging for apples that fell last fall. The fruit is still firm and delicious even after a winter on the ground. Mr. Johnson, it would appear you’ve discovered a great new apple variety.

And that’s exactly how York Imperial came to be.

York Imperial Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in York, Pennsylvania, USA, early 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Coarse yellowish flesh has a sweet, honeyed flavour. Considered an excellent fresh-eating apple.


Medium to large in size, the fruit varies in shape. Skin is heavily splashed or striped with two shades of red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good (makes a classic yellow-coloured applesauce).

Keeping ability:

Very good (5 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).

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