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:

Fireside is one of many 20th century-bred apples created with an eye to hardiness in extreme winters.


The story of Fireside:

apple_fireside.jpgThere was a time when apple varieties able to survive a prairie winter -- where temperatures are frequently below minus-40 for extended periods -- were viewed as an entirely distinct category.

This was simply because they weren't considered to be top-quality apples. Folks growing apples in places with milder winters wouldn’t dream of growing such lacklustre varieties.

Ah, but the University of Minnesota set out to change all of that by breeding winter hardy apples of such high quality that everyone would want to grow them. Honeycrisp is considered by many to be the pinnacle of that effort, but Fireside -– introduced half a century earlier -– is one of a handful of others that also have merit.

Fireside Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Excelsior, Minnesota, USA; 1943 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet and juicy, with chewy skin.


An attractive apple with its greenish-yellow background mostly covered by red blush and striping.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

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

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