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:

Melon is a delicious fresh-eating apple with a refreshing flavour some compare to melon or strawberry.


apple_watermelon.jpgThe story of Melon:

No, it doesn’t have red or orange flesh. And its flavour is as likely to be compared to berries as it is to melons. But Melon is still an apple well worth your attention.

It’s a big, pretty apple, with strawberry red striping on a yellow background and crisp, tender flesh that’s juicy, delicious and considered to be of high quality.

Grown for the commercial trade in 19th and early 20th century New York State, this is an apple that’s as good to eat as it is reminiscent of an earlier era of apple diversity.

It's also known as Watermelon and Norton’s Melon.

Melon Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in East Bloomfield, New York, USA, 1845.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A crisp, tender, juicy apple with a mild but refreshing flavour some compare to that of melons or berries.


Large, with strawberry-red striping over a yellow background. Very nice to look at.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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