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:

Honeycrisp is a relatively young apple variety that’s already legendary for its explosive crispness.


apple_honeycrisp.jpgThe story of Honeycrisp:

If you think using words like ‘explosive’ to describe an apple is just a teensy bit over-the-top, we empathize.

But in the case of Honeycrisp, this is accurate terminology.

Developed by folks at the University of Minnesota who were looking for great flavour, crispness and a tree that could withstand harsh prairie winters, Honeycrisp is an apple that wins over devotees on their first taste.

Some find the extreme crunchiness a bit excessive, but many apple eaters adore this variety and will eat nothing else.

As a 'licensed variety' (strangely enough, just in Canada now), growers are required to pay a fee for every Honeycrisp tree they plant or propagate. So we don't graft it.

Honeycrisp Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Minnesota, USA; 1990s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Incredibly crunchy despite its soft, white flesh. It's juicy and sweet, with little acidity.


Medium-to-large in size with an irregular red-orange flush covering much of its green/yellow background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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