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:

Quinte is yet another fine Canadian apple that goes largely unappreciated. This one’s an early ripener.


apple_quinte.jpgThe story of Quinte:

A pretty apple to be sure, Quinte is typical of early apples in that it needs to be picked at just the right moment and consumed almost immediately in order to convey its best.

Few of us remember just how many excellent apples have come from Canada over the years, ranging from the Fameuse, McIntosh, Sandow and Quinte from the east to the Spartan, Shamrock, Silken and Ambrosia from the west.

Bred to ripen nicely in southern Ontario, Quinte is never likely to be a significant commercial apple –- except (strangely enough) in Norway, where it’s been a major player for years -– but it deserves to be appreciated all the same.

Just make sure you harvest and eat it at just the right moment.

Quinte Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; introduced 1964.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

When perfectly ripe, the brilliant white flesh is sweet and scented.


The skin is beautifully flushed with pinky-red over a cream-coloured background, usually covered by a darker bloom.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (just a few days when kept refrigerated).

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