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:

Keepsake is a modern variety more famed for its parenting of Honeycrisp than for its own attributes.


apple_keepsake.jpgThe story of Keepsake:

Pity poor Keepsake, an apple that just doesn't get any respect.

Bred by the University of Minnesota and introduced in the late 1970s, it's largely ignored because the apple's small and considered homely, despite its pleasant flavour and great keeping ability.

About the only time Keepsake has received any press was when genetic fingerprinting was used to determine that the decidedly unsubtle Honeycrisp is offspring of Keepsake and MN1627 (a never-named variety from the University's breeding program that no longer exists) and not Macoun and Honeygold as had previously been thought.

Interesting news, but how about we pay at least a wee bit of attention to Keepsake for its own substantial merits?

Keepsake Facts

Its origins:

Bred in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; introduced in 1978.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Hard and very crisp, with fine-grained light-yellow flesh that's juicy and has an unusual flavour some compare to sugar cane.


This homely small to medium-sized apple is irregularly-shaped and mostly red in colour.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (about 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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