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

Black Twig

Why you should be excited:

Black Twig is an apparent seedling of Winesap that has a confused history in the U.S. South.


apple_blacktwig.jpgThe story of Black Twig:

It takes several pages for the reknowned apple hunter Lee Calhoun to describe in his book Old Southern Apples the never-completely resolved confusion surrounding this variety.

Is this the same apple as Paragon? Are they both seedlings of Winesap? Even if they are different, have they been mixed up so many times that we’re as likely to have one as the other and no easy way to tell them apart?

More questions than answers to be sure, although we do know this variety is similar to Winesap, only larger and redder.

The rest was fodder for debate in the late 19th century news media of the U.S. South, pitting Arkansas against Tennessee.

Blacktwig Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain origins in 19th century Arkansas or Tennessee, USA.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellow flesh is on the sharp side when first picked, but mellows over time in storage to a pleasantly mild subacid with luscious apple flavour.


Large, roundish and usually deep red in skin colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Good. Also good for cider.

Keeping ability:

Very good (5 months when kept refrigerated).

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