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 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples 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:

Accordian is an obscure apple variety from the U.S. South that’s tasty in addition to having a fun name.


The story of Accordian:

When we brought in grafting wood obtained from the incomparable Nick Botner of Oregon, our goal was to add fascinating varieties likely grown by nobody else in British Columbia, let alone Salt Spring Island.

Accordian is a typical example, given its obscurity and quirky characteristics.

It’s obscure because it was what apple hunter Lee Calhoun calls a ‘family apple,’ passed on through generations of the family that first raised it in North Carolina. It’s quirky because its ribs make the fruit look pleated - kind of like a squeeze-box - which led to its catchy name.

And, on top of these interesting characteristics, it’s also reputed to be a tasty early season apple.

Accordian Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA, around the turn of the 20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is fine-grained, juicy, crisp and subacid in flavour.


This medium-sized apple has a pinkish blush over a yellowish-green background.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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