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

Princess Louise

Why you should be excited:

Princess Louise is a 19th century apple from Ontario that's reputed to have a sweet, caramel-like favour.


The story of Princess Louise:

apple_princesslouise.jpgThis old Canadian apple -- originating in Grimsby, Ontario back in the 1870s -- is likely related to Fameuse. Evidence to back up this theory includes the fact that the first Princess Louise tree was discovered as a seedling growing near a group of Fameuse trees and that the two have similar snow-white flesh and a delicate flavour.

Unlike Fameuse, Princess Louise is lauded for its unusual candied flavour, which apparently wins kids over on first bite. Another positive point -- in addition to the tree's apparent resistance to scab and pests -- is the tendency of cut Princess Louise apple to stay perefectly white for an unusually long time, making it ideal for use in salads.

Why is an apple with these excellent qualities so little known? This is yet another of the many mysteries of the world of apples.

Princess Louise Facts

Its origins:

Discovered as a seedling in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada; introduced in 1879.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Delicate flesh is crisp, juicy and sweet, with candy-like flavour.


Medium-sized and round with a red flush partly covering its green skin.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

So-so (a bit bland when cooked).

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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