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:

Jupiter is a modern English apple that was bred in the 1960s, with Cox’s Orange Pippin as one of its parents.


apple_jupiter.jpgThe story of Jupiter:

It would be interesting to count all of the apple varieties –- especially those originating in England -– that have Cox’s Orange Pippin as one of their parents.

The number would be quite large, despite the fact that Cox’s history is less than two centuries old and there are many far older varieties that have also been used in breeding.

But the English love their Cox apples and it’s not surprising that breeding efforts have tended to concentrate on creating new varieties that share its complex -– some would say sublime -– flavour.

Enter Jupiter, a relatively recent introduction that takes a hint of Cox and amplifies it.

Jupiter Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Kent, England; 1981 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, juicy, robust and intensely flavoured. Also distinctly aromatic.


An attractive dark-red apple, although often misshapen.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (around 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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