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

Carolina Red June

Why you should be excited:

Carolina Red June is a southern U.S. apple that ripens early and has a mild, brisk flavour.


apple_carolinaredjune.jpgThe story of Carolina Red June:

Modern commercial apple growers don’t so much hate varieties that ripen a few apples each day over a period of weeks; they completely ignore them.

This is understandable when production is done factory-style, but for those of us who grow differently –- those big guys should try dealing with the ripening dates you get with 300 different varieties– it’s not such a big deal.

Which allows us to grow an apple like Carolina Red June, an old southern U.S. variety that ripens early and works passably both for fresh eating and baking.

Once an important early variety in its home region, this is an apple you don’t see very often in our part of the world.

Carolina Red June Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in North Carolina, USA; recorded in 1848, but considerably older than that.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy flesh is white with red staining and fine-grained. The flavour is mild and briskly subacid.


A relatively small roundish apple with deep purple-red covering yellow.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in mid-August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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