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:

Arlet is a modern Swiss-bred fresh-eating apple that’s as pretty as it is tasty.


The story of Arlet:

apple_arlet.jpgYou may know it as Swiss Gourmet, or – if you come from Europe – perhaps Hugo Red.

More likely, you don’t know it at all, as Arlet’s moment in the sun as a commercial variety was brief and limited to plantings in the Swiss-German border area.

The limited plantings are a pity, as this is a particularly pretty apple that nicely splits the difference between the appearance of one parent (Golden Delicious) and the other (Idared).

The combination has created a yellow apple that’s beautifully flushed with a rose-pink colour and nicely crisp and juicy, with a honeyed sweetness and delightful aroma.

Sounds good to us.

You won’t find Arlet grown in big commercial orchards, but you can still enjoy it.

Arlet Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Wadenswil, Switzerland; 1960s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy, quite honeyed and lightly perfumed.


This pretty apple features an attractive rose-pink flush.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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