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

Beni Shogun

Why you should be excited:

Beni Shogun might as well have been named Early Fuji, so it’s definitely for lovers of sweet, crisp apples.


apple_benishogun.jpgThe story of Beni Shogun:

While there’s plenty of difference of opinion between those who love sweet apples and those whose tastes run more to tart varieties, there’s less disagreement these days on the matter of texture. Our impression is that a large majority of apple fans choose crisp over soft ten times out of ten.

So it’s a good thing there were folks keeping a close eye on minor genetic variations (called 'sports') of the Fuji variety. They were looking for a version that would ripen in cooler climates while keeping the hard, crisp nature of Japan’s favourite variety. They found just such a sport and named it Beni Shogun.

We think the choice of name is far more interesting than the obvious other option: Early Fuji, which would at least have been factually accurate. More importantly for those living in cool climates like ours: here's a Fuji you won't need to worry about getting ripe, even in lesser growing years.

Beni Shogun Facts

Its origins:

Mutation found in Japan, 1992.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Juicy, with a distinctive aroma. Most of all, an intensely sweet apple.


A medium to large-sized apple with orange-red skin colouring on top of its yellow-green background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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