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:

Silken is a pretty early-ripening Canadian apple that first caught our eye by sprouting well before the end of winter.


apple_silken.jpgThe story of Silken:

Part of the adventure of growing apples is to research like crazy, think you’ve got an apple figured out, and then grow it and experience reality.

Silken caught our eye the first winter after we grafted it due to its ridiculously early start to growth. In February, long before other varieties roused themselves from dormancy, this keener sprouted and began to grow.

Even a late snowfall failed to stop it –- we expected the new growth to shrivel and die, but no –- and it continued to be a happy and vigorous grower all season.

That won our hearts and made Silken a favourite; we’ll see if it’ll also win over our taste buds.

Silken Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada; 1999 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Known for its outstanding texture and flavour, the white flesh is firm, crisp and juicy, aromatic and sweet, with moderate acidity.


This medium-sized apple has a unique translucent cream skin colour, sometimes with a slight pink blush.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (4 to 6 weeks when kept refrigerated).

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