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:

Bullet is one of many southern U.S. heirloom apple varieties in our orchard that ripen late and keep well.


The story of Bullet:

We confess that a few apples that have made it to our orchard did so more because their names caught our fancy rather than for more rational reasons.

Oh, we had read that Bullet has nice flavour and keeps well. But that’s true of so many varieties. What set this one apart was a name that tweaked our curiosity.

Why name an apple Bullet? Is there a story behind its origins that somehow involves bullets, or is this an unusually shaped apple with an appearance that reminded someone of a bullet?

We don’t know the answers to these questions, but we’re happy that we decided to graft this variety, with its 19th century southern history and a name that will always have us wondering.

Bullet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in North Carolina, USA, sometime before 1850.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Has firm, white flesh packed with a pleasant, brisk apple flavour.


The greenish skin of this medium-sized apple is mostly covered with stripes and streaks of dull red.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (about 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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