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:

Lodi is considered to be a big upgrade from Transparent as a super-early apple. And that's a good thing.


apple_lodi.jpgThe story of Lodi:

Damning with faint praise. That’s how some people will characterize the suggestion that Lodi’s best feature is that it does what Transparent does, but better.

Really, though, while Transparent has its limitations, are we really in a position to complain when we can take a tasty apple off a tree in July and have something good to eat?

Perhaps we’ve just become spoiled by perfectly ripe apples being available 365 days a year, thanks to high-tech storage systems and the worldwide shipping of apples from one hemisphere to the other.

Lodi does keep better than Transparent and that’s a big plus. If you want to eat local apples, then a decent early apple is solid gold.

Lodi Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva, New York, USA; introduced 1924.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, balanced by definite sharpness, and juicy.


An attractive, medium-sized yellow apple.

When they’re available:

Very early season (usually late July).

Quality for fresh eating:

Fairly good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Minimal (no more than 2 weeks when kept refrigerated).

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