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 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

Hyslop (crab)

Why you should be excited:

Hyslop is a classic old U.S. crab-apple that's widely used in jelly and cider, too.


The story of Hyslop:

apple_hyslop.jpgAside from apple jelly fans and orchardists worried about pollination, crab-apples have't gotten a whole lot of love in recent decades. Which makes it pretty exciting when North America's resurgence of interest in good quality all-juice cider leads folks to pay attention to varieties they've never really noticed before.

Enter Hyslop, a crab that's been around for a long time and one that's being planted in some quantities, largely because of its potential to add some zip -- of both acid and tannin -- to full-bodied ciders.

Add to that strength larger-than-usual size for a crab-apple and you've got a winner of a crab that we'll likely see more of in coming years.

Hyslop Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain origins, likely in Massachusetts, USA, early 19th  century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Acidic, juicy and astringent.


Large for a crab, with dark red -- even purple -- skin.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:

At your peril.

Quality for cooking:

Very good. Also good in cider.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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