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:

Chinook is a fine British Columbia-bred apple that’s tasty, aromatic and keeps for a long, long time.


apple_chinook.jpgThe story of Chinook:

We British Columbians take pride in the excellent range of apple varieties that originated in our province.

The most longstanding of these is undoubtedly Spartan, which has gained widespread popularity elsewhere.

Chinook is a more recent British Columbia-bred apple and while it will likely never come close to Spartan’s popularity, there remains a fair bit to recommend it.

Start with its pretty appearance – gotta like that cherry-red blush. Then move on to the flavour, which delivers a very nice sweet/tart balance and excellent aroma. And then there’s Chinook’s storage ability: nothing short of awesome.

A nice overall package.

Chinook Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; introduced 1990s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, crisp, juicy. Intensely aromatic. Nice balance of sweet and tart.


Small to medium-sized, with cherry red blush covering most of the green-yellow background. A pretty apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (6 or 7 months when kept refrigerated).

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