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

Novosibirski Sweet

Why you should be excited:

Novosibirski Sweet is about the sweetest little apple you’ll find. Often with more than 20 per cent sugar.


The story of Novosibirski Sweet:

Given the hazy history of so many apple varieties and the fact that they come from all over the planet, it’s not surprising that we have a variety or two in our orchard we have difficulty documenting.

It took more than six years - and the assistance of John Shepherd of Oak Hill Orchard at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore - for us to figure out the proper name of this variety, which we had received as Novabirski Sweet. But we could find no references to such a variety.

But John had run into this apple before, so on his advice, we switched around a few letters in its name and discovered the obscure, but real variety named Novosibirski Sweet.

Loaded with sugar, this is a past winner of the ‘sweetest apple’ award at Salt Spring Island’s Fall Fair and it's a really small apple that'll have you thinking 'crab-apple' when you see it.

Tiny, obscure and likely the sweetest apple you’ll ever taste.

Novosibirski Sweet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Russia, date unknown.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The dense yellowish flesh is incredibly sweet. Apparently up to 20 per cent sugar.


This is a small yellow (almost orange, actually) apple, usually with a red blush on the sunny side.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good (as long as you love 'em sweet).

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks maximum).

All content © 2011-2018

Salt Spring Apple Company Ltd.

Trees & apple products: 250-538-2197

B&B enquiries: 250-537-4935