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

Ross Nonpareil

Why you should be excited:

Ross Nonpareil is a really old English variety (well, initially French) remarkable for its pear-drop flavour.


apple_rossnonpareil.jpgThe story of Ross Nonpareil:

We talk a lot about old apple varieties, but rarely one as old as Ross Nonpareil, an apple that goes back we don’t know quite how long. But really long, for sure.

We do know this variety made its way from France to England sometime in the 16th century and became highly popular there, largely due to its famed aromatic, pear-drop flavour –- a flavour that’s unusual and highly popular in the United Kingdom.

Not a particularly beautiful apple by today’s standards –- what with its dull colouring and lots of russet –- Ross Nonpareil is very much appreciated for that distinctive flavour, which is reminiscent of one of its likely descendants: Ashmead’s Kernel.

Ross Nonpareil Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in France, undetermined date. Brought to England in the 16th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Highly aromatic, with a unique sweet, pear-drop flavour.


Small to medium-sized with dull colouring and heavy russeting.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good. Also good for juice.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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