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

Blue Ridge King

Why you should be excited:

Blue Ridge King is a modern apple of the U.S. South, discovered in the 1990s, and offering great eating qualities.


The story of Blue Ridge King:

Lee Calhoun’s book Old Southern Apples includes a few varieties to which his title really doesn’t apply. One of them is Blue Ridge King, an apple that might be an old variety, but more likely is a relatively recent addition.

Calhoun was happy to include in his book several apples he’s got in his orchard that really aren’t particularly old or don’t come from the U.S. South, but are particularly interesting or of excellent quality. Discovered in Virginia during the mid-1990s, this variety scores highly in both looks and taste. Calhoun calls Blue Ridge King "strikingly beautiful and a delicious eating apple."

That’s good enough for us; we’re looking forward to our grafted trees producing fruit.

Blue Ridge King Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Virginia, USA, mid-1990s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A delicious fresh eating apple.


Strikingly beautiful medium-sized apple that's roundish and mostly covered with dark red, with even darker red stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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