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:

Stark is a 19th century Ohio apple promoted as a good commerical variety, given its firmness and thick skin.


apple_Stark_small.JPGThe story of Stark:

Most of us shop for apples in grocery stores without even thinking about the qualities necessry for an apple to withstand the realities of modern retailing while remaining appetizing.

In addition to keeping for months and months, an apple will only be marketable if it can stand up to being sorted and packed and transported and tossed around a bit by retailers without becoming a bruised mess.

Stark is such an apple, which is why nurseries in 19th century U.S. Midwest promoted it as a good apple tree for commercial growers to plant.

Thick skin and firmness -- plus decent flavour -- are a winning combination for this good keeper.

Stark Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins likely in Stark County, Ohio, USA, before 1869.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm and coarse yellowish flesh is crisp, fairly juicy and mildly subacid.


A medium to large-sized ribbed apple, streaked and splashed with dull red or purple skin colour, usually with light brown and whitish dots.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh e ating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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