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

Brown Snout

Why you should be excited:

Brown Snout is an English cider apple that arrived in our orchard by mistake, but we're glad to have it.


The story of Brown Snout:

apple_brownsnout.jpgWe never planned to have Brown Snout in our orchard. Yet this was the first traditional cider variety we added, although in error.

We thought we had acquired two little Kingston Black trees to kick off our planting of cider varieties. But when they made their first fruit, we were perplexed to see green russet-covered little apples with heavy brown at the end of each apple. Not exactly the deep red-coloured cider apple we'd expected of Kingston Black.

Well, it turns out there was a mix-up on the part of the person who grafted them and -- as a result -- we've got this bittersweet cider apple in our orchard. And we grafted ourselves a bunch of Kingston Blacks to go with it.

It's a win-win outcome as far as we're concerned.

Brown Snout Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Hereford, England, mid-19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A bittersweet cider apple that produces a sweet, mildly-astringent juice.


This small apple is greenish-yellow with plenty of russet, especially at its all-brown eye-end. Hence the name.

When they’re available:

Mid to late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Don't even think about eating a cider apple.

Quality for cooking:

Good for cider.

Keeping ability:

Keeps for more than three weeks, while awaiting cider-making.

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