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:

Acme is a 20th century English apple that’s much better than you might expect, given its generic name.


apple_acme.jpgThe story of Acme:

To children of the 20th century – especially those who watched the Road Runner do battle with Wile E. Coyote on television – the name Acme is synonymous with ‘generic.’

Yet, even with the preponderance of companies given that name to enhance their placing in alphabetical listings, ‘acme’ actually is derived from the Greek word for ‘the peak.’ So its use suggests high quality, not generic.

And this fine English apple, likely the offspring of Worcester Pearmain and Cox’s Orange Pippin, is anything but generic. From its crisp texture to its juiciness and rich flavour, there’s plenty here to like.

In fact, we wonder why Acme isn’t better known.

Acme Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Boreham, Essex, England in 1944.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm and creamy flesh is crisp and has a rich, fruity flavour.


The yellowish-green roundish fruit is flushed and striped with red.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).

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