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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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:

Catshead is an unusually-shaped cooking apple that really does look like a cat’s head when viewed in profile.


apple_catshead.jpgThe story of Catshead:

Looking at this apple is slightly reminiscent of gazing at the sky on a clear night.

Have you ever tried to make out a constellation and convince yourself that the pattern of stars really does form the shape of a crab or a bear?

You might find the experience similar when you gaze at a Catshead apple, trying to see it as you’re expected to: shaped like the head of a cat. Sometimes yes and sometimes no, I’d say.

However, even if you have trouble seeing this apple as shaped like a feline’s noggin, you will likely agree with the old-time appreciation of this essentially rectangular apple as easy to package-up as a dumpling to be sent out to a farmer’s field for lunch.

And regardless of what you see in the shape, it’s definitely a conversation-piece.

Catshead Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in England. First recorded in 1629.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

When cooked, it becomes a sharp, firm puree.


This box-shaped green or pale yellow apple really does look somewhat like a cat's head when viewed in profile.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used as a cooking apple.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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