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

Hauer Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Hauer Pippin is a California apple that needs a super-long growing season to ripen and then keeps equally long.


apple_hauerpippin.jpgThe story of Hauer Pippin:

Let’s admit right up front that we may never properly ripen Hauer Pippin on Salt Spring Island. It needs such a crazy-long growing season, it’s a long shot to even try growing this variety here.

Yet the payoff, if we can get it ripe, is substantial, as it’s known for its addictive flavour and its ability to store right up until the end of the following spring.

Once a highly popular apple in California through the winter and beyond, Hauer Pippin is now more of a novelty item.

We figure this likely cross of Cox’s Orange Pippin and Yellow Bellflower–- it was a chance seedling, so we don’t know for sure -– is overdue for a comeback.

Hauer Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Santa Cruz, California, USA; 1890s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Hard and crisp, this is a juicy, tart, flavourful apple that mellows in storage.


This large apple is blushed red over its yellow background. The white bloom that often covers it can make it seem purple.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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