Salt Spring Apple Co.
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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

Hubbardston Nonsuch

Why you should be excited:

Hubbardston Nonsuch is a rough and ready old apple variety with a pleasant, light taste.


apple_hubbardstonnonsuch-2.jpgThe story of Hubbardston Nonsuch:

As you might guess from its quaint name, this is an old apple variety: first recorded in 1832 in Massachusetts and named for the town where it was discovered.

It’s also an apple that had some significant prominence back in the day, as growers in its home state and in New York grew plenty of Hubbardston Nonsuch to be sold each autumn in the big cities of the U.S. northeast.

Today -– like other heritage varieties -– it’s more of a novelty item than a big seller. But it’s also the sort of great old apple that connects you with its history even when you look at it (let alone taste its mild, subtle flavours), which helps connect us with our own history.

And that’s most certainly a good thing.

Hubbardston Nonsuch Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, USA, sometime before 1932.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Hard, crisp and juicy, with fine-grained flesh and a light flavour that sweetens with increasing ripeness.


A large, rugged-looking apple with red on gold skin colouring.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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