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:

Kogetsu is a lesser-known Japanese fresh-eating apple that stands out due to its nice balance of sugar and acid.


apple_kogetsu.jpgThe story of Kogetsu:

It’s strange how the many one-note sweet Japanese-bred apples -– led by Fuji –- have been promoted relatively widely in the rest of the world, while a much more nicely balanced apple like Kogetsu is virtually unknown.

Here’s a pretty red apple that delivers a pleasant balance of tart and sweet, nicely drawing on the desirable qualities of its parents, Golden Delicious and Jonathan.

Yet well after 30 years after its introduction, you’re likely to get a “Koget-what?” response if you ask anyone about this variety.

Perhaps we just need to enjoy its pleasant flavour and consider it to be our own little secret.

Kogetsu Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Aomori, Japan; 1981 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The flesh is creamy white with excellent flavour and a good balance of sugar to acid.


A medium to large-sized roundish apple that's almost completely red.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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