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

Barnack Beauty

Why you should be excited:

Barnack Beauty is an attactive 19th century English multi-purpose apple with assertive flavour to match its good looks.


apple_barnackbeauty-2.jpgThe story of Barnack Beauty:

When you see an apple as pretty as this one and hear that it’s also highly flavourful, you’ve got to marvel at what we were missing all those years when the apples we could purchase at grocery stores were limited to Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and one or two others.

It’s so nice to see one-size-fits-all marketing of apples being discredited, at least a little bit, making room for more diversity at the high end of the market and appreciation of the wide-ranging characteristics of a diversity of apples. Even old heritage varieties like Barnack Beauty.

This variety scores well in just about every category, with rich flavour and pretty, if somewhat subtle, colouring. It’s good for fresh eating and cooking, too.

Barnack Beauty Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Barnack, Cambridgeshire, England, around 1840.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The dense flesh is aromatic and richly flavoured, with sharp acids.


This medium-sized apple is boldly coloured, with an orange-red flush and red stripes over its golden background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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