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:

Hoover is a 19th century apple from the U.S. South that was once a prime variety offered for sale.


apple_Hoover_small.JPGThe story of Hoover:

If you were travelling by train through the U.S. South during the fall sometime in the second half of the 19th century, chances are you would be offered apples for sale by vendors at various stops along your journey.

And -- according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture -- it's likely the variety you would see most often would be Hoover.

A late ripener and a good keeper, this variety is attractive and nicely firm.

Also known by cool names like Black Coal, Baltimore Red, Thunderbolt and Welcome, this is an apple we hope will grow well on Salt Spring Island. Since it was often grown in cooler mountain areas of the South, we're optimistic.

Hoover Facts

Its origins:

Raised from seed in Edisto, South Carolina, USA, sometime before 1850.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is firm, tender, fairly juicy and subacid.


This big apple is roundish, with splashes and stripes of dark red, sometimes so dark that it verges on black.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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