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:

Freedom is a pretty red apple that leaps into prominence as soon as you bite into its tender, juicy flesh.

apple_Freedom_small.JPGThe story of Freedom:

If you suspected there might be a connection between apple varieties named Liberty and Freedom that happen to share a few other key characteristics, you're right.

They're siblings in the sense that they were bred at the same time, excellent results of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station's apple tree breeding program. Both also happen to have good disease resistance and are highly productive.

Freedom looks nice -- a red blush on yellow-green background -- and offers firm, tender, juicy flesh that scores well in taste tests. People consider its subacid flavour to be "sprightly."

In fact, Freedom rates well in almost every area, including its appearance and large size, the vigorousness of the tree, its usefulness both for fresh eating and cooking and the solid three months that it'll keep after harvest every October, if properly stored.

From an organic grower's perspective, it doesn't hurt any that Freedom is highly resistant to most apple tree diseases, so it's relatively easy to get away with not spraying noxious chemicals all over the orchard.

Freedom Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1983 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, tender and juicy, with a sprightly sub-acid flavour.


Very good. Large, with bright red skin colour on a yellow background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid to late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (up to 3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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