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:

Marriage-Maker is a little-known British apple with characteristics appealing enough -- apparently -- to inspire matrimony.


apple_marriagemaker.jpgThe story of Marriage-Maker:

We don't know the origins of the name, Marriage-Maker, so can only assume it has something to do with the pleasant flavour and incredible prettiness of this apple: so appealing that it inspires people to tie the knot.

Or maybe the name has an entirely different genesis. We can only guess.

We do know a pretty apple when we see one and Morgan and Richards' description of this variety as having the "sweet, clean taste of fruit" is certainly appealing, as it its juiciness and firmness.

So, while our curiousity about the name continues to stoke our imagination, we're growing Marriage-Maker while we await a fuller explanation.

Marriage-Maker Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in the United Kingdom, sometime before 1884.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The juicy, firm flesh conveys a very nice apple flavour and sweetness.


This gorgeous apple is flushed attractively with crimson.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (up to 3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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