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

Arkansas Black

Why you should be excited:

Arkansas Black is one of the more distinctive apples out there, starting with its dark, dark skin colour.


apple_arkansas_black-2.jpgThe story of Arkansas Black:

If you’re keen on apples that are anything but bland and middle of the road, then you can’t help but be interested in Arkansas Black.

The most obvious reason is this Southern U.S. apple’s skin colour, which is a red so deep that it tends to verge on – you guessed it – black.

But that’s not all that stands out with this variety.

Arkansas Black is also an incredibly hard apple, although less so after it’s been stored for a while. And speaking of storage, it’s also remarkable for its ability to keep well for many months.

So, all in all, this is an apple that’s distinctive and also of high quality. Definitely worth checking out.

Arkansas Black Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Bentonville, Arkansas, USA, around 1870.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A hard apple (especially when first picked) with fine-grained yellow flesh that's fairly juicy and nicely subacid.


Medium-sized, round. skin almost completely covered with dark red, verging on black. Hence the name.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good (and also for cider).

Keeping ability:

Excellent (5 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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