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

Tolman Sweet

Why you should be excited:

Tolman Sweet is an old American apple known for its sweetness. Revered by many, it’s a real throwback.


apple_tolmansweet.jpgThe story of Tolman Sweet:

You know an apple’s popular when people talk about it being particularly good for baking, cider, drying, pickling and… fresh eating, too.

Is there anything Tolman Sweet can’t do well?

As a matter of fact, yes. It has little acid. And it’s not juicy. And some say it bruises too easily.

So it isn’t perfect.

Still, though, if you’re the slightest bit interested in apple nostalgia, this is a great example of the type of apple that was prized in the 19th century.

It was the sweet flavour of Tolman Sweet that won over several generations and made this a ‘must have’ backyard apple tree back in the day.

If you love sweet apples or like getting swept up in nostalgia, you might just want to give it a try.

Tolman Sweet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA; introduced in 1822.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm, dryish flesh is pure white and decidedly sweet.


This medium to large-sized yellow-green apple sometimes has a red blush and some russeting. A suture line often runs from top to bottom.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Very good. Also good for cider, drying, even pickling.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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