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:

Fortune is a modern variety from New York that's got a pleasant spiciness and excellent sweet-tart balance.


apple_fortune.jpgThe story of Fortune:

This high-quality long-keeping apple seems at first glance to be a good old heritage variety. But it's actually a modern introduction, bred in New York State and soon after its introduction, relegated to obscurity by the popularity of one of its parents: Empire.

The Fortune tree grows well, but tends to produce fruit in alternate years (that's called being 'biennial') while also struggling with susceptibility to common apple tree diseases.

Even with those issues, the flavour of the fruit is what wins people over; it's sweet and tart simultaneously, combined witha  distinct spiciness. The apples are large and Fortune does well both with fresh eating and in baking.

Just don't confuse this variety with Laxton's Fortune...

Fortune Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1995 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The crisp, cream-coloured flesh has a spicy flavour and a nice balance of sweetness and tartness.


Large and round, with a greenish background mostly covered with burgundy red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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