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:

Hokuto is the world’s heaviest apple (so say the Guiness people) and it’s also crisp and super-sweet.


apple_hokuto.jpgThe story of Hokuto:

Modestly popular in Japan, this offspring of Fuji and Mutsu combines the crisp texture of the former with the large size and round shape of the latter and the sweetness of both.

It’s a bruiser: in 2005, a Hokuto apple weighing in at 1,849 grams (more than four pounds) was registered with the Guiness World Records as the world’s heaviest apple.

It’s also considered to be an apple of excellent quality.

If you’re a fan of sweet apples, work up a good-sized appetite and give a great big Hokuto a try.

Hokuto Facts

Its origins:

Bred at Aomori Apple Experiment Station, Japan, 1983 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Pale yellow flesh with high sugar and excellent flavour.


Really big and round in shape, with red stripes on a yellowish background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 months when kept cold).

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