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

Reinette du Canada

Why you should be excited:

Reinette du Canada is an old apple -– still revered by some in France –- that’s got little to do with Canada.


apple_reinetteducanada.jpgThe story of Reinette du Canada:

I’ve read the history of this old French apple and still don’t have a clue as to how it got its name; it has little or nothing to do with Canada, the country. To further confuse things, this apple goes by some 152 different names.

We do know it was recorded in the 18th century but has been on the scene at least a century longer than that.

When picked early, it’s considered a top cooking apple, tart and flavourful; when picked later and stored, it morphs into a sweet and relatively dry eating apple. And even after three and a half centuries or so, Reinette du Canada continues to have a keen following.

So take note and don’t worry too much about the name.

Reinette du Canada Facts

Its origins:

Origins are uncertain, but it was likely discovered in Normandy, France; first recorded in 1771.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet and quite rich. Tart when used for cooking early in the season. WHen stored and then eaten fresh, the flesh becomes crumbling and sweeter.


Medium to large in size, with a slight orange flush over greenish-yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good. Keeps its shape.

Keeping ability:

Very good (as much as 4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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