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:

Elektra is a deeply flavourful 20th century German-bred apple reminiscent of its parent, Cox's Orange Pippin.


apple_elektra.jpgThe story of Elektra:

Since the middle of the 19th century, European apple breeders have had one preoccupation beyond any other: to take the amazing flavour of Cox’s Orange Pippin and emulate it in an apple tree that’s easier to grow, has a longer season, is more productive or has other advantages over the legendary Cox Pippin.

It’s been a remarkable – and fairly successful – effort that has resulted in some nice additions, even if none can quite match the flavour of its original inspiration.

Elektra is one of the best of these varieties, providing a commendably delectable apple that reaches its peak in eating quality about a month and a half after harvest.

Elektra Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Muncheborg-Mark, Germany, 1930s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The deep, cream-coloured flesh is rich, aromatic and complexly-flavoured.


This pretty apple is extensively flushed and striped with orange-red.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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