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

Gloria Mundi

Why you should be excited:

Gloria Mundi is a super-huge heritage cooking apple and a clear choice for lovers of… super huge apples.


apple_gloriamundi.jpgThe story of Gloria Mundi:

What apple could possibly live up to a name that translates to ‘glory of the world’?

Perhaps one so large that its other early names included Ox Apple, American Mammoth and Monstrous Pippin.

Gloria Mundi –- which may have originated in Germany or alternatively the United States -– can be ridiculously big: in 1860, one weighed in at an amazing three and a half pounds. Now that’s substantial.

Mainly used for cooking, where it turns into a sweet, dark gold puree, Gloria Mundi is perhaps not the best favoured apple of all time, but it’s sweet and it sure can fill a pie. Not to mention impress folks who admire truly massive fruit.

Gloria Mundi Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Germany or the USA; first recorded in the USA in 1804.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Fairly dry and coarse-textured. When cooked, it is moderately tart, but mostly sweet, with some distinctive apple flavour.


A huge apple, it's irregularly shaped, heavily ribbed and bright green in colour, often with some russeting.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (about 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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