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:

First propagated by an Alabama dentist, Hackworth was once quite popular in the U.S. South.


apple_Hackworth_small.JPGThe story of Hackworth:

In the warmth of old-time Alabama summers -- okay, the stifling, humid, heat of old-time Alabama summers -- Hackworth was a dependable favourite, with apples on each tree that would ripen at different times throughout August, providing a refreshing treat pretty much every day of the month.

Hackworth works equally well in pies, applesauce and for fresh eating, so it really was a handy variety of apple to grow.

Hence its popularity from the first quarter of the 19th century straight through to the Second World War. Then came the North America-wide decline of regional favourities, replaced by bland, mass marketed Red Delicious, among very few others.

We were lucky to be able to get our hands on some Hackworth wood to graft and introduce this fine variety to Salt Spring Island.

Hackworth Facts

Its origins:

Discovered as a chance seedling in Lavonia, Georgia, USA, sometime in the mid-19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish, aromatic flesh has nice flavour.


Medium-sized and yellow, with light red blushing and stripes on the sun-kissed side.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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