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


Why you should be excited:

Almata is a red-fleshed apple from the U.S.A. that some people consider a crab-apple and others not.


The story of Almata:

apple_almata.jpgWith interest in red-fleshed apples on the rise, it may be time to carry out genetic analysis on some of the varieties to determine once and for all whether they are apples or crab-apples.

Almata -- like Wickson, a variety that has caught the interest of cider-makers in the U.S. -- has some telltale signs of being a crab: its small size and its early, long bloom time, for example. It's also super-tart, like many crabs.

But we do know the origins of Almata: it's a cross between a crab-apple and a regular apple. So what does that make it? We're not quite sure.

But we do people love the red flesh and its effect on the apperance of Almata's tart juice and applesauce.

Almata Facts

Its origins:

Bred in South Dakota, USA; 1942.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Tart, tart, tart. But also has some nice apple flavour. Did we mention that it's quite acidic?


The solid dark red skin of this smallish apple is often covered with a grey bloom.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good, if you like plenty of acidity in your apples.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (about 1 week when kept refrigerated).

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