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

Newtown Spitzenberg

Why you should be excited:

Newtown Spitzenberg is an old American apple with a potentially confusing name and nice eating quality.


apple_newtownspitzenberg.jpgThe story of Newtown Spitzenberg:

No, this is not the classic old Newtown Pippin. And, no, this is not the classic old Esopus Spitzenberg.

And, no, this is not a variety obtained by interbreeding those two varieties. Even if that would be an interesting match-up to try.

Newtown Spitzenberg is an entirely different apple, although one that hails from the same area as those two greats. Much less well known than those classics, this is a pleasant fresh-eating apple with subtle but appealing qualities that you’d think would earn it a bit more attention than it’s received.

Do a search on the internet for photos of this variety and you’ll see just how obscure it has become. But well worth trying, all the same.

Newtown Spitzenberg Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Newtown, New York, USA; first recorded in 1817.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm flesh is lightly aromatic and sweet, with a hint of nuttiness.


An attractive, brilliantly red apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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