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:

Karastoyanka is a Turkish apple that gained greatest favour in southern Bulgaria early in the 20th century.


The story of Karastoyanka:

apple_karastoyanka.jpgSome apple varieties moved around a lot, making it difficult to sort out where they originated, especially in crowded Europe.

That's how we came to be unsure as to where Gravenstein started out. Same goes for Karastoyanka, adopted by the central southern Bulgarian region of Plovdiv after having made its way from Turkey sometime during the 19th century.

Perhaps a bit too coarse for the tastes of some apple lovers, this is a variety that may lack subtlety, but is definitely not short on apple flavour or sharpness.

So, if you like your apples to enthusiastically grab your mouth when you bite into them, you might just have found a new favourite.

Karastoyanka Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins, likely in Crimea sometime before the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A humdinger of a combination of strong apple flavour and heavy-duty sharpness.


A medium-sized apple with a deep red flush over a green background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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