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

King David

Why you should be excited:

King David is a dark, dark red apple from Arkansas that never quite won the big popularity it deserved in the U.S. South.


The story of King David:

apple_kingdavid.jpgWith so many apple varieties in existence, the chances of any one becoming widely planted are always a long-shot.

In the early 1900s, King David was promoted by the U.S. nursery Stark Brothers as a replacement for Jonathan, then a long-standing widely-planted favourite. It seemed like a good idea at the time, given King David's attractiveness and excellent flavour.

Ah, but this variety proved to be finicky, delivering its best flavour only when perfectly ripened before harvest (which is a problem for large-scale commercial agriculture) and then not keeping as long as some other varieities.

Not a commercial success, King David remains a very nice apple for those of us willing to respect its quirks.

King David Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Durham, Arkansas, USA, 1893.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy and sweet flesh has pleasant acidity and a strong apple flavour.


The skin of this dark maroon-coloured apple verges on black.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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