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 Ripe

Why you should be excited:

Early Ripe is an old-time early apple best known for what it isn't it: susceptible to scab or easily bruised.


apple_earlyripe.JPGThe story of Early Ripe:

I’ll confess to a bias against apples with unromantic, simple descriptive names. Like Nova Easygro – which we have planted in quantity in our own orchard, despite its boring name – and Early Ripe.

My issue is partly with the boring name itself and partly with the idea someone apparently had that two words ‘say it all.’

Well, if an apple is about nothing more than being ripe early, that’s just not good enough for us. And this apple actually does have quite a bit more going for it: some disease resistance, little susceptibility to bruising and – most importantly – good flavour.  

Early Ripe is about more than being ripe early, so we grow it.

Early Ripe Facts

Its origins:

Likely started from seed in Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA, circa 1800.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The white flesh is fairly coarse, crisp, juicy and briskly subacid.


A medium to large-sized pale yellow or greenish-yellow apple.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in mid-August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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