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:

Brock is a modern American apple that combines McIntosh and Golden Delicious in a multi-purpose apple.


apple_Brock_small.JPGThe story of Brock:

We refer to Brock as a modern apple because it was introduced to the world in 1966 (the older we get, the farther back we tend to consider as ‘modern’).

In fact, Brock was bred earlier than that – back in the 1930s – at the University of Maine.

While it has never really grabbed a lot of attention, this is a very serviceable apple, striking a nice balance between the vinous flavour of a Mac and the sweetness of Golden Delicious and working both for fresh eating and baking.

Admittedly, in a world with thousands of varieties and just a few that make it to grocery store shelves, adjectives like ‘serviceable’ and ‘nice’ don’t tend to bring a variety to prominence.

Brock Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Monmouth, Maine, USA; 1966 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, crisp and mildly sweet and distinctive. McIntosh-like.


A medium to large apple with pinkish-red skin colour over a cream-yellow background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (2 to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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