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:

Macoun is from the McIntosh family, is delicious, and has a strong following in northeastern North America.

apple_macoun.jpgThe story of Macoun:

Regional loyalty to particular apple varieties is one of the things that makes apples so interesting.

And if you hail from northeastern North America, there’s a pretty good chance you have fond feelings for Macoun, an apple that gains followers every time someone tastes it for the first time. It joins varieties like Cortland and Empire as regional Mac-related favourites.

Crisp and juicy, sweet with just the right balance of tartness, it’s neither a cooker nor a long-keeper, yet Macoun is much-loved.

Macoun Facts

Its origins:

Bred at Geneva, New York, USA, 1920s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp texture, bright white pulp, juicy with a sweet flavour.


Medium-sized, dark red skin colour with a purplish flush, sometimes compared to the colour of cranberries.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually early October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (about a month when kept cold).

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