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

Apricot Apple

Why you should be excited:

Apricot Apple is a very nice late-ripening apple that can handle cold winters. Nice. Despite its gimmicky name.


apple_apricotapple.jpgThe story of Apricot Apple:

Few things perplex people who are shopping for apples more than the suggestion that a particular variety tastes like an entirely different type of fruit. If you've read many of our variety descriptions, you'll know this is a pet peeve of mine.

Whether it’s melon or peach, strawberry, banana or apricot, folks become confused when you tell them the apple they’re looking at actually tastes like one of those fruits.

And check out the looks on their faces after they try a, say Winter Banana or Irish Peach, and can’t find even a hint of that other fruit in the taste.

Apricot Apple is another of these varieties.

And rather than guarantee what flavour you’ll sense when you bite into it, we’d like to suggest that you try this nice, crisp, late-ripening apple without expectation that it will taste like an apricot. Enjoy it purely on its own merits.

Apricot Apple Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near West Salem, Oregon, USA, in the 1980s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Cream-coloured flesh that's fairly coarse, firm and crisp. Reputedly has a flavour reminiscent of - you guessed it - apricots.


A medium-sized apple with red colouring flushed with orange.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in late October or early November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (around 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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