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

Ilrod Pigeon

Why you should be excited:

Ilrod Pigeon is a Danish apple that's not well-known elsewhere, in part because of the spelling of its name.


The story of Ilrod Pigeon:

apple_ilrodpigeon.jpgt's one of the quirks of our modern world: our computer keyboards have a lot to say about the information we're going to find.

If you doubt this, go to your favourite search engine and type in "Ilrod Pigeon." Then try “Ildrød Pigeon". Note the entirely different search results.

It's a language -- and alphabet '' issue and it has heped keep this apple under the radar of folks who don't tend to use the "ø" very often.

But in Denmark -- where they use the "ø" with great enthusiasm -- this was long a well-known apple, standard at Christmastime, when it was widely-used in decorations, including on Christmas trees and in wreaths.

This bright red apple also reaches its peak of flavour at that time of year, further contributing to its old-time Danish popularity.

Ilrod Pigeon Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Denmark, late 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Highly aromatic and flavourful, the flesh is crisp and juicy.


This small, egg-shaped apple has brilliant red skin and white-as-white-can-be flesh.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating (and decoration).

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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