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

Rabun Bald

Why you should be excited:

Rabun Bald is a classic old southern U.S. apple that was revered in Clayton, Georgia but otherwise unknown.


apple_rabunbald.jpgThe story of Rabun Bald:

If you happened by Clayton, Georgia shortly before 1910, there's a good chance you'd bump into an orchard growing Rabun Bald, a much-respected apple discovered in the area growing wild about 15 years earlier.

By 1906, more than 2,000 Rabun Bald trees -- named for Georgia's second-tallest mountain -- were planted in the area, as it was widely praised as a fresh-eating apple. But -- like so many other varieties in those days -- this was entirely a local phenomenon; nobody outside of the Clayton area knew about Rabun Bald, let alone grew it.

Unsurprisingly, the variety eventually faded in popularity and by the 1990s, apple hunter Lee Calhoun concluded that it was extinct.

Good news: it wasn't.

Rabun Bald Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Clayton, Georgia, USA, around 1890.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh of this excellent fresh-eating apple is fine-grained, juicy and mildly subacid.


This large apple is roundish, with a rich yellow-coloured skin, splashed and striped with crimson.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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