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:

Mother is an old American apple –- once an admired favourite –- with an exotic perfumed and spicy flavour.


apple_mother.jpgThe story of Mother:

Just like there are good years and bad years for wine grapes, so it is true of apples, which aren’t the generic and consistent ‘product’ their mass marketing pretends.

A good example of this is Mother, also known as American Mother, an apple that thrills people in good years and turns them off in bad.

Described as having a unique and aromatic sweet flavour in 'up' years, it’s trashed as ‘flat and musty’ in lesser years. Which puts the average apple eater in a bit of a quandary: how to know what to expect of a variety such as Mother in any particular year?

Our advice: have a taste and judge the latest vintage for yourself.

Mother Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Bolton, Massachusetts, USA; first recorded in 1844.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The soft, juicy, aromatic flesh can have an exotic, sweet, perfumed, spicy flavour in good years.


Flushed with deep red and with red striping, this medium-sized apple is sometimes lopsided in shape.

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 months when kept refrigerated).

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