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:

Mantet is a hardy apple that hails from Manitoba and offers unusually excellent flavour for an early ripener.


The story of Mantet:

apple_mantet.jpgWhile we never set out to include apples from every Canadian province, we are making progress in that direction. It's hard to say whether we'll ever find one from Newfoundland and Labrador or Prince Edward Island -- and Alberta may be tough, too -- so it might be a longshot.

But at least we've now got Manitoba covered. And given the harshness of a Manitoba winter, that's no small feat.

Mantet has plenty to offer other than its origins pretty much right in the middle of Canada. Early ripening, excellent flavour, decent keeping ability and spectacular blooms are just a few of its other desirable attributes. Plus it's known for producing a good-sized crop each and every year.

Good job, Manitoba!

Mantet Facts

Its origins:

Bred at Morden, Manitoba, Canada; 1929 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Fine-grained, juicy, tender and aromatic. Good flavour.


Medium-sized, roundish, ribbed and a bit lumpy.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good for those who like a sharp apple.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

So-so (no more than 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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