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:

Fiesta is a relative of Cox’s Orange Pippin that’s less finicky and still a delicious and complex fresh-eating apple.


apple_fiesta.jpgThe story of Fiesta:

It’s no surprise that apple breeding in England has frequently used the great UK-favourite variety, Cox’s Orange Pippin, as one of the parents. Just as Japanese breeding has tended to use the most popular of sweet apples, Golden Delicious.

Breeders in each country understandably try to build from existing preferences.

And Fiesta is a good example of what can be done with a Cox offspring, delivering some of the complexity of that variety while also providing a much less finicky tree. Plus it gets good keeping ability from its other parent, Idared, which is a major bonus. 

The bottom line: this pretty apple would be valued even if nobody knew about its parentage.

Fiesta Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Kent, England; introduced in 1972.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy, sweet, but with some spicy complexity as well as nicely balancing acidity.


Medium-sized with a yellow background prettily flecked with orange and red flush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good. Good for juice, too.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating, although also good in cider.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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