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:

Akane is a Japanese-bred apple that's a pleasant and tasty option in early-mid-season.


apple_akane.jpgThe story of Akane:

Through the dark days of the Second World War, people - regardless of where they lived or whose side they were on - still needed to eat. So research into apple varieties continued over those years in many countries, including in Japan.

It may not have been a topic North Americans would have been interested in applauding at the time, but folks in Japan were working on developing the Akane apple throughout the war. Perhaps indicative of the political realities associated with that timing, the variety wasn’t introduced to the rest of the world until 1970, well over three decades after the first Akane seedling was raised in Morioka.

Was this pleasant early apple worth the wait? Its modest popularity would seem to indicate ‘yes.’

Firm and exhibiting a pleasant balance between sweetness and acidity, this is a very nice apple that wins people over.

Akane Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Morioka, Japan; 1970 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, juicy, sweet, balanced with an assertive sharpness. Some people sense a hint of strawberry in the flavour.


A medium-sized, round red apple.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (best eaten in the week it's harvested).

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