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

Magnum Bonum

Why you should be excited:

Magnum Bonum is one of the U.S. South's great apples, still much appreciated after nearly two centuries.


apple_MagnumBonum_small.JPGThe story of Magnum Bonum:

Southern apple expert Lee Calhoun asserts that any and every reasonable top-ten list of apples from the U.S. South is going to include Magnum Bonum. It's an apple of such excellent eating quality that it is widely considered to be 'the' apple to bridge from summer apples to the long-keeping (and outstanding quality) winter apples.

While it's neither large nor remarkable to look at, Magnum Bonum scores big where it matters the most: apples of superior flavour that grow on trees that are vigorous and productive. And ripening at a time when people are eagerly awaiting the great winter apples.

What more could you want in an apple?

Magnum Bonum Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Davidson County, North Carolina, USA, 1828.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The white flesh is tender, juicy, fine-grained, aromatic and mildly subacid, with fine flavour.


This medium-sized apple is roundish and green, with a light red or crimson blush and faint darker red stripes.

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:

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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