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:

Oliver is a 19th century U.S. apple that's brilliant red-skinned, with eye-catching dots and very nice to eat.


apple_oliver.jpgThe story of Oliver:

Back in the day when people took an interest in such things as fruit exhibits at World's Fairs, Oliver grabbed the attention of folks at Chicago's World Columbian Exposition.

It did this because it's a real eye-catcher: round, glossy, brilliant red, covered with many yellowish dots. And Oliver had more in its favour than appearance, as it's also got nicely crisp and juicy flesh, pleasant subacid flavour and good keeping ability.

With all that going for it, why has Oliver not been a more famous variety?

We don't know the answer, but we do know this is just one of dozens of varieties that similarly deserve a whole lot more attention than they get.

Oliver Facts

Its origins:

Grown from seed near Lincoln, Arkansas, USA, early 1800s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is fine-grained, crisp, juicy and mildly subacid.


A glossy apple that is brilliant red in skin colour, highlighted by stripes of various shades of red and numerous light-coloured dots.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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