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:

Cullasaga is an old U.S. apple thought extinct until a single tree was rediscovered in North Carolina.


apple_cullasaga.jpgThe story of Cullasaga:

You know you’re an apple nerd when you get excited about growing an apple that –- for much of the 20th century –- was believed to be extinct.

North Carolina apple hunter Lee Calhoun found this one in Macon County in 1989, long after folks had concluded this once-popular variety -– in North Carolina, anyway –- was extinct. Calhoun took scions for grafting before this one old tree died and now Cullasaga is back for all the world to see (and taste).

Thanks to Calhoun and apple collector extraordinaire Nick Botner, we were able to graft this variety in 2013. Purported to be a tasty late ripener, we’re looking forward to sampling Cullasaga for ourselves.

Cullasaga Facts

Its origins:

Started from seed in Macon County, North Carolina, USA, circa 1830.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is tender, juicy, aromatic and has a nicely balanced flavour.


A fairly large green apple, usually with red stripes.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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