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:

Liberty is a wonderful apple that's good at just about everything. It even tastes better after some time in storage.

apple_Liberty_small.JPGThe story of Liberty:

This is perhaps the best known of all the modern super-disease-resistant apple varieties -- a big deal for those of us growing organically in coastal areas where apple scab and other diseases can run rampant.

Liberty is a U.S. apple bred in upstate New York and introduced to the world in 1980. It's noted for its good flavour, in addition to that remarkable disease resistance.

One of its parents is Macoun, so its grandparents include McIntosh and Jersey Black (the other parent was an unnamed variety from Purdue University's breeding program). So you will not be surprised to know it’s a McIntosh-style apple, with red skin and crisp, juicy flesh.

Liberty's flavour is well-balanced, perhaps sharper than many of the Mac-related varieties, but still with the characteristic vinous note. Best for fresh eating, this is an apple that keeps nicely (about four months when refrigerated).

Liberty makes for a pretty tree, with zillions of blossoms that remind us each spring of how its little fruitlets need to be thinned considerably if we want decent-sized fruit. But small or large, Liberty is an apple worth seeking out.

Liberty Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; 1980 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy, sweet. Well-balanced, vinous flavour develops over time spent in storage.


Good. Medium-sized fruit with a red blush covering most of the yellow background.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Good. Holds its shape when cooked.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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