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

Kerr (crab)

Why you should be excited:

Kerr is a Canadian-bred crab-apple that’s good at many things, including surviving a prairie winter.


apple_kerrcrab.jpgThe story of Kerr:

There was a time when virtually the only members of the apple family that could survive a Manitoba winter –- save perhaps a few obscure Russian varieties –- were crab-apples.

These little guys were indigenous to North America, so could take a punishing winter.

And folks living in such places appreciated them. So much so that even when a few hardier varieties of regular apples came along, interest in crabs was sustained.

Which is how Kerr arrived on the scene, as it was bred using the old Dolgo crab as one parent and the Minnesota-bred regular apple Haralson as the other.

And by all accounts, Kerr is a very nice –- and versatile -- result.

Kerr Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Morden, Manitoba, Canada; 1952 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

this crab-apple works well for jelly, juice, baking and even for fresh eating, as it is firm, crisp and juicy, with a very good sweet-tart flavour.


A little dark purple-red crab-apple five to seven centimetres in diameter.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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