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:

Joybells is from an era when apples could be appreciated for being subtle, unlike now, when it seems that everything must be 'explosive.'


apple_joybells.jpgThe story of Joybells:

Joan Morgan and Alison Richards describe Joybells as having a "delicate, almost ethereal taste."

When's the last time you tasted an apple that brought the word 'ethereal' to mind? Likely it wasn't one with a crunch so great it scares off birds roosting half a kilometre away. And that's the sort of apple that's in favour today.

Don't get me wrong: I love an apple with a good crunch. But I also really like the idea of paying enough attention to what we are eating that we notice delicate flavours as special as that of Joybells.

So here's to subtlety -- and to this not-so-famous English apple that inspired Morgan and Richards to describe it so nicely.

Joybells Facts

Its origins:

Raised from seed in Surrey, England, sometime shortly before the turn of the 20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy, sweet, melting flesh delivers a delicate yet memorable flavour.


This pretty apple is dusky pink with carmine stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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