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

Milo Gibson

Why you should be excited:

Milo Gibson is a one-of-a-kind apple: a chance seedling that's super-sweet and licorice-flavoured.


apple_milogibson.jpgThe story of Milo Gibson:

Steven Hamblin, a long-time member of the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX) was kind enough to tell us the story of this somewhat obscure apple, named for Milo Gibson, co-founder of NAFEX.

Gibson discovered this fine apple as a chance seedling, likely somewhere in Oregon. He named it Linnton, after a Portland neighbourhood and the apple won favour among aficionados.

NAFEX renamed it in 1975, following Mr. Gibson's death.

It’s a uniquely sweet, licorice-flavoured apple, likely quite different from any other you’ve tasted. Mr. Gibson would probably be pleased to have such a one-of-a-kind variety named after him.

Milo Gibson Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in the U.S.A., likely Oregon, sometime in the mid-20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Extremely sweet with little acid and a distinct licorice/anise flavour.


A medium-sized round apple with a greenish-yellow background skin colour, solidly blushed with red, including darker red striping.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good, for those who like sweet apples.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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