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:

Smokehouse is a classic old U.S. variety, delivering great flavour in a dense, chewy apple.


apple_smokehouse.jpgThe story of Smokehouse:

This is one of those old U.S. apples with a name so evocative, it's appealing even before one knows about Smokehouse's characteristics. And then, when you learn it's a dense, chewy apple with great flavour, well, you know you've just got to give it a try.

Originating -- you guessed it -- beside an old farm smokehouse in 1830s Pennsylvania, this is an apple with much to recommend it. Traditionally used for baking from July until it is fully ripe in early fall, ripeness transforms Smokehouse into a fabulous fresh-eating variety that's firm, crisp, juicy, aromatic and extremely tasty in a nicely balanced, subacid sort of way.

We're thrilled to have been able to graft it and as our young trees mature, we're excitedly looking forward to tasting it for ourselves.

Smokehouse Facts

Its origins:

Discovered near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA around 1836.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh of this extremely firm and crisp apple is juicy and aromatic. The flavour is subacid.


Slightly larger than medium-sized, with greenish-yellow skin shaded and striped with red. Often has some russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Good, particularly when harvested early.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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