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:

Shockley is a legendarily long-keeping apple from the U.S. South that was long a regional mainstay.


apple_shockley.jpgThe story of Shockley:

Let's be honest: Shockley -- while a decent-flavoured fresh-eating apple -- became one of the U.S. South's most prominent apples during the second half of the 19th century not because of its eating qualities, but rather because of its amazing keeping ability.

Back in the days before widespread refrigeration, let alone the shipping of apples from the southern hemispehre to the north during the latter's off-season, an apple that could last and last in a root cellar was prized, indeed. And Shockley was exactly that.

Some Southerners even boasted of keeping Shockley fruit in storage for up to two years and still finding it palatable, if a bit shrivelled and prune-like.

Shockley Facts

Its origins:

Started from a seed in Jackson County, Georgia, USA. Introduced in 1852.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish-white flesh is crisp and juicy, with a flavour ranging from mildly subacid to full-on sweet.


Medium-sized or smaller, with its surface almost completely flushed with bright red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (7 months or even longer when kept refrigerated).

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