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:

Shizuka improves on its parent -- Golden Delicious -- and is a top choice for lovers of sweet apples.


apple_shizuka.jpgThe story of Shizuka:

The Japanese love their sweet apples and while this has made Fuji the top apple in Japan, it has also led to plenty of breeding using the classic sweet apple: Golden Delicious.

That’s where Shizuka comes in.

Yet another of the many progeny of Golden Delicious, Shizuka is sister to Mutsu and Orin, delivering almost as large a size as Mutsu, although it’s sweeter and lacks Mutsu’s balancing tartness.

This one is ideally suited to fresh eating by those who don’t particularly care for tart apples.

Shizuka Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Japan; mid-20th century introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Moderately firm and juicy, excellent mild flavour for a sweet apple with little tartness.


Large, yellow to yellow-green-coloured smooth skin, sometimes with a red-orange blush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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