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:

Braeburn is a New Zealand apple credited with being at the forefront of a return to interest in apple flavour.


apple_braeburn.jpgThe story of Braeburn:

Here's a popular commercial apple variety that we're happy to include in our orchard - in very small numbers, of course - despite the fact that it's a 'mainstream' apple.

Why? Because it's an apple of excellent quality and because it was at the vanguard of a shift of commercial apple production back to eating-quality after too many decades of focus only on how an apple stored and how it looked in grocery store bins.

After being stuck on a diet of Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith and few others, consumers spoke clearly through the popularity of Braeburn, telling the industry that people really do want apples that taste good and maybe even offer their taste buds a modicum of complexity.

Braeburn has both to offer and its commercial success opened the door to Honeycrisp, Pink Lady (Cripps Pink) and many more.

Braeburn Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Motueka, New Zealand in 1952.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is aromatic, crisp and juicy, providing a wonderfully balanced flavour that is both sweet and tart.


This pretty apple has red and orange stripes over a yellow-green background.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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