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:

Akero is a Swedish heritage variety of favourable repute that delivers excellent flavour in an early apple.


apple_akero.jpgThe story of Akero:

It wasn’t just humans that experienced great hardship during Europe’s winters of 1939 through 1942.

While people were massacring each other during the Second World War, Europe also experienced winters of terrible harshness, which made the period even bleaker and also killed off plenty of perennial plants, including apple trees.

Luckily for people in Sweden, most Akero apple trees survived the carnage while others died, giving folks one more reason to love this fine apple. They already knew it had excellent flavour and delivered a most welcome introduction to the apple season.

Delicious and attractive, Akero’s only real failing is that - like almost all early-ripening apples - it doesn’t keep for long.

Akero Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain. Either was a seedling raised in 1759 near Stockholm, Sweden, or was an import from Holland at about the same time.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This juicy fresh-eating apple has a refreshing, savoury tang and a delicious flavour. Truly outstanding among early apples.


A pretty apple, it's got a pink flush and deep red stripes.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (a maximum of a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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