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

Mere de Menage

Why you should be excited:

Mere de Menage is a European cooking apple with a confused history. It's tasty and can be very large.


apple_meredemenage.jpgThe story of Mere de Menage:

Here's an apple that originated soemwhere in Europe, we know not exactly where.

The confused history of this variety makes it easy to understand how it got at least two dozen different names, many from folks who wouldn't have even known the apple was also grown elsewhere under different names.

Some people called it Burton's Beauty, others Libra. Some knew it as Harlow Pippin and others as Gelbe Telerapfel. Some as Flanders Pippin and others as Rambour d'Amerique.

And so it goes; the list is lengthy.

In each case, they were dealing with the same fruit, a large and pretty cooking apple with nice flavour, plenty of tartness and dryish flesh.

Mere de Menage Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain origins somewhere in Europe during the 18th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Cooks to a puree that's sweet, with significant acidity, and fairly dry.


This very large, irregularly-shaped apple is attractive, flushed and striped with an assertive carmine colour over its green background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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