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:

Katharine is one of those apples that mystifies us simply because it’s far too good to be this little known.


apple_katharine.jpgThe story of Katharine:

Albert Etter is known pretty much only by North American apple enthusiasts and even then, only among those intrigued by the story of a brilliant individualist who bred important strawberry and apple varieties, gaining little credit and even less money in the process.

Katharine was Etter's personal favourite of all the apples the California-based innovator bred during the early years of the 20th century, yet it’s even more obscure than his other varieties.

Admittedly, it can’t be grown everywhere, as it needs a long, warm summer to ripen. It’s definitely borderline for us to grow on Salt Spring.

But we’re intrigued by Etter’s story and keen to give Katharine a try. We certainly won’t criticize if you feel similarly.

Katharine Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Ettersburg, California, USA, circa 1920.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Aromatic, with subtle and complex flavours.


A large, pretty apple with yellow-green skin partly covered with red and orange blush.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

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

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