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:

Idared is a red apple from Idaho –- yes, they bred apples there -– that some adore and others love to diss.


apple_idared.jpgThe story of Idared:

Perhaps you didn’t know they even bred apples in Idaho.

Well, they certainly did back in the 1930s, leading up to the 1942 introduction of this variety, which garners reviews more mixed than almost any other variety.

Austrian chefs use it for strudel, yet some Brits claim that it’s flavourless and chewy.

It’s grown in at least eight countries and is praised by some for its many possible uses and the pretty pink applesauce it makes, yet some critics refer to its flavour as ‘undistinguished’ or -– even more damning -- ‘average.’

Clearly, this is one you should try and  judge for yourself.

Everyone seems to at least agree that it’s a nice looking apple and one that keeps particularly well.

Idared Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Moscow, Odaho, USA; 1942 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

When it ripens well, it can be crisp with a sprightly flavour. When it doesn't, it can be flavourless and chewy.


There's a bright red flush over the greenish-red background of this medium-sized, flattish round apple.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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