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

Early Joe

Why you should be excited:

Early Joe is an eary ripener that's going to surprise you with its rich flavour, rare among early apples.


The story of Early Joe:

apple_earlyjoe.JPGYou may have heard that a random-planted apple seed faces odds of about 10,000 to one against the resulting tree being a desirable new apple variety. The other 9,999 are likely to be scrawny, bitter, mouth-puckeringly sour little things good for cider but definitely not for fresh eating.

Given those odds, you may be shocked to learn that a single batch of apple seeds planted by Heman Chapin of Ontario County, New York sometime around 1800 produced no fewer than three outstanding new apple varieties: Northern Spy, Melon and Early Joe.

The first of these remains to this day a favourite of pie-makers in eastern North America. Melon is less well-known today, but was a hot commodity in 19th century New York. And then there's Early Joe, a shockingly rich-flavoured early apple that deserves -- but has never achieved -- similar fame.

Early Joe Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Ontario COunty, New York, USA around 1800.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish-white flesh is tender, juicy, richly-flavoured and mildly subacid.


This smallish apple has smooh, pale greenish-yellow skin with splashes and stripes of dark red.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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