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:

Sandringham is a large 19th century English apple that works well both for fresh-eating and cooking.


apple_sandringham.jpgThe story of Sandringham:

Introduced toward the end of the 19th century, Sandringham reached its peak of popularity at the start of the following century, when English apple lovers came to appreciate its versatility and rich flavour.

For fresh-eating, it's an apple for those with a big appetite -- or someone with whom to share -- as it's a big apple. And it meets the British expectations of a cooker by breaking down to a cream-coloured and deliciously-flavoured puree.

This variety's popularity did not last long, perhaps because Bramley's Seedling was rising to prominence at about the same time and no apple could compete with Bramley for the loyalty of English cooks and bakers.

But, despite its fall from grace, Sandringham is still worth trying.

Sandringham Facts

Its origins:

Started from a seed in Sandringham, Norfolk, England. Introduced in 1883.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

As a fresh-eating apple, it has a pleasant, rich flavour. The flavour is more delicate, but still likeable, when cooked.


A large, attractive, greenish-yellow-skinned apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

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

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