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

Sekai Ichi

Why you should be excited:

Sekai Ichi is one of quite a few really large, really sweet apples to have been bred in Japan.


apple_sekaiichi.jpgThe story of Sekai Ichi:

In a world where many people are sick and tired of overly-long-stored Red Delicious and Golden Delicious apples taking up space on grocery store shelves, it is perhaps a strike against a variety to have been bred with those two famous -- but somewhat  discredited -- Delicious varieties as parents.

A second strike against Sekai Ichi (which translates to ‘world number one’) is the fact that much of the interest in this apple relates to its large size and consistent roundness. Nice features, but what about flavour?

If you’re familiar with the dominant Japanese taste in apples, you’ll be unsurprised to know that Sekai ichi is a mild and sweet apple, with little acid.

Strike three? It’s totally a matter of taste, so we’ll leave that call to you.

Sekai Ichi Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Morioka, Japan; 1974 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A mild, juicy, sweet-tasting apple with fairly soft flesh.


Extremely large and consistently round, with a pale pink-red blush and red stripes on a yellow background skin colour.

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 (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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