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

Miki Life

Why you should be excited:

Miki Life is a sweet and juicy variety from Japan, perfect for sweet freaks and to add bulk to cider.


apple_mikilife.jpgThe story of Miki Life:

If you pay attention to differing tastes in apples across the world, you will not be surprised -- at all ---  to learn that Miki Life is a sweet apple that comes from Japan. Its parents are two other Japanese varieties: Senshu and the super-sweet Tsugaru.

No, you won't be surprised to learn that there's little acid in Miki Life, nor that it's sweet and juicy enough to be considered by some to be a cider apple -- firmly in the 'sweet' category, to provide lots of juice and a fair bit of suagr to enhance alcohol content.

Other than cider, this is a variety you may be interested in for fresh-eating if you crave other sweet Japanese apples, like Fuji.

Miki Life Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Hirosaki City, Aomori, Japan, 1981.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish-white flesh is juicy, crisp, fairly firm and quite sweet, with mild apple flavour.


This medium-sized apple is round and brilliant red in colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating and cider.

Keeping ability:

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

All content © 2011-2018

Salt Spring Apple Company Ltd.

Trees & apple products: 250-538-2197

B&B enquiries: 250-537-4935