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

Howgate Wonder

Why you should be excited:

Howgate Wonder is a big apple. Very big. So big, it’s hard to think of a whole lot else to say about it.


apple_howgatewonder.jpgThe story of Howgate Wonder:

The Isle of Wight’s main claim to fame in the apple world might just be the breeding of this massively large apple, which also happens to have a good reputation both for fresh eating and for baking.

Granted, some critics (and aficionados of Bramley’s Seedling) argue that Howgate Wonder’s flavour is on the bland side as a baker, at least in comparison with their rather tart favourite.

But even if you side with those folks and choose to use Howgate Wonder only as a fresh eating apple, there’s still lots good to say about this hefty variety.

Just remember to find someone to share it with, as a single apple goes a long, long way.

Howgate Wonder Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, UK, 1915.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

For fresh eating, it has creamy white flesh, is firm, has a balance of sweetness and acidity, and is juicy and pleasant.


Humongously big. It's short and roundish in shape. Bright orange-red skin colour over a yellow background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good, although some say it's on the bland side.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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