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


Why you should be excited:

Boiken is a German apple that retains some of its 19th century popularity for cooking and fresh eating.


apple_boiken.jpgThe story of Boiken:

How many dyke wardens get an apple variety named after them? Not many, we guess and even fewer still a variety that continues to be grown with some enthusiasm nearly two centuries after its appearance on the scene in Bremen, Germany.

We don't know the story of Herr Boiken, but we've heard good things about his apple. This variety will appeal to North Americans' preference for crisp and tart apples. It's also an attractive yellow-with-a-red-blush, which increases Boiken's desirability even more.

Once big in Europe and New York, it remains modestly popular in eatern Germany and northern France, where Boiken is still used for cooking, juice, drying and fresh eating.

Boiken Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in Bremen, Germany, sometime before 1828.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and tart, this apple delivers a fresh, fruity flavour that sweetens with time in storage.


Bright yellow, with a pinky-orange flush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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