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

Laxton's Fortune

Why you should be excited:

Laxton's Fortune is a nice September apple to bridge the gap between the tart earlies and the great lates.


apple_laxtonsfortune-2.jpgThe story of Laxton's Fortune:

Laxton Brothers Nursery was involved in so much apple breeding in England that we can understand why some people add a second word to this variety’s name and others leave it off, given that there are no fewer than 17 variety names listed in our favourite reference starting with “Laxton’s.” 

We call it Laxton’s Fortune and not plain old Fortune simply because we have a completely different variety with the one-word version of its name.

Whatever you call it, you get the same solid apple. Usually ready to be harvested in early September, this is a variety that needs to be perfectly ripened to have good flavour. And you won’t want to keep it around for too long once it is ripe, as it’s not a long-keeper.

But for a few weeks there, before those amazing later apples start to appear on the scene, you could do a lot worse than this one.

Laxton's Fortune Facts

Its origins:

Bred in bedford, England; introduced in 1931.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The cream-coloured flesh is sweet, rich, lightly aromatic and juicy.


This medium-sized apple is short and roundish. The background skin colour is greenish-yellow or pale yellow, covered with a red flush and short red stripes.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (little more than 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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