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

Cripps Pink

Why you should be excited:

Cripps Pink is a late-ripening eating apple from Australia that you might know by its other name: Pink Lady.


apple_crippspink.jpgThe story of Cripps Pink:

We’re not sure which is more interesting: the origins of this apple – which was bred in the 1970s using Golden Delicious and the lesser-known Lady William – or the marketing shenanigans that followed.

The shenanigans involve the transformation of Cripps Pink into two apples.

One is the ‘ultra high-quality’ Pink Lady, the name given to the best third or so of the harvest each year.

The other is plain old Cripps Pink, the regular quality apple that’s really just the culls that don’t qualify to be called Pink Lady.

All of this is in an effort to market this variety as a deluxe apple.

A bit over-the-top, we agree. Especially for what’s really a solid but unspectacular variety.

Cripps Pink Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Forrestville, Australia; 1989 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The solid, cream-coloured flesh is crisp, sweet and honeyed.


This medium-sized apple is flushed with a pretty, reddish-pink colour.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in early November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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