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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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

Hollow Log

Why you should be excited:

Hollow Log is what you might guess: an apple first found growing by a hollow log. From North Carolina.


The story of Hollow Log:

As you might expect, Lee Calhoun's fine book Old Southern Apples does not make frequent mention of Canada.

Very much focused on the apples of the U.S. South, Calhoun does mention our country a few times, including when he writes about Hollow Log. This is because he's perplexed that this North Carolina variety somehow was simultaneously grown in the U.S. South and in Canada.

Perhaps Mr. Calhoun thinks the Great White North couldn't possibly ripen such an apple.

In any event, Hollow Log was -- back in the 1920s -- viewed as a most excellent apple variety, producing outstanding fruit for fresh eating as well as baking.

Hollow Log Facts

Its origins:

Discovered as a chance seedling in Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA, in the early 20th century or before.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Tender, crisp and juicy with an aromatic, spicy flavour.


This large apple is deep yellow in colour.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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