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:

Junaluska is a long-lost apple from the pre-Civil War U.S. South that was rediscovered in 2001.


apple_junaluska.JPGThe story of Junaluska:

One of the exciting aspects of growing connoisseur apples is the opportunity to help bring back old varieties that almost disappeared. We are bit players compared to folks like Lee Calhoun, a southern U.S. apple hunter and Nick Botner, an Oregonian who has propagated thousands of obscure varieties.

Not to mention Tom Brown of Clemmons, North Carolina, the fellow who actually rediscovered Junaluska and took the time to tell us about his effortds in some details.

Brown has spent the better part of two decades searching the U.S. South  for lost and rare apple varieties and reports that he has discovered some 1,000 varieties over that period. On top of that accomplishment, Brown generously shares scionwood with others, playing a huge role in preserving this incredible living heritage for future generations.

Botner, who may or may not have retired now that he's somewhere beyond the age of 90, has also spread historic varieties far and wide. From him, we were lucky to get grafting wood from more than 100 rare old varieties. These include Junaluska –- named for Cherokee Chief Junaluskee who owned the first known tree –- which is a late-ripening fresh-eating apple. Through hours of research and sleuth work, Brown found this early 1800s variety in North Carolina in 2001 after it had long been lost and presumed extinct.

Junaluska Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in North Carolina, USA, sometime before 1840.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The dryish flesh is fine-grained and dense, with a subacid flavour.


This is a medium-sized roundish apple with a greenish skin with orange-red blotches. It's mostly covered with a tan-coloured russet.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months when kept refrigerated).

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