Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top Nine

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the nine apple varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more


The Big 26

We definitely don't stop at nine varieties. In fact, we consider these 26 to be  almost as amazing as our Top Nine. And most certainly worth checking out. Read more


The WHole 300

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our list of the 29 best varieties is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 300-plus apples is a winner in our books. Read more

Roxbury Russet

Why you should be excited:

Roxbury Russet is an apple from back when russet was viewed as evidence of a rich-flavoured apple.


apple_roxburyrusset.jpgThe story of Roxbury Russet:

Back in the days before atmosphere-controlled apple storage, russets were highly prized for their ability to stay palatable for longer than most other apples.

The most popular of these varieties in the U.S. northeast was Roxbury Russet, a fine russet with rich flavour and the ability to remain tasty straight through winter.

While those who don’t know russets might find the scratchy surface and muted colours unappealing, those who open their minds and taste buds to the delicious Roxbury Russet will be won over.

Plus, there’s something quietly beautiful about their appearance. We say long live the russets!

Roxbury Russet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA, early 17th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The crumbly, cream-coloured flesh is sweet and highly aromatic.


A classic russet apple, the scratchy skin is coloured witha melange of brown, green, gold and hints of orange.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (5 months when kept refrigerated).


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529 Fulford-Ganges Road

Salt Spring Island, BC

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