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

State Fair

Why you should be excited:

State Fair is a sweet and delicious summer apple that reminds you of days gone by.


apple_statefair.jpgThe story of State Fair:

With a name that evokes early 20th century agrarian mid-America, USA, State Fair surprises us by delivering greater firmness than you usually get with an early apple.

And it surprises us again when we learn that it wasn’t introduced until the 1970s -- long after the heyday of mid-America’s agri-culture -- and has been part of a highly successful breeding program centred in Minnesota.

Whatever its origins, this is a very nice eating apple to highlight the earlier part of the apple season, delivering juicy, creamy flesh and wonderful aromatics.

State Fair Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Minnesota, USA, 1979 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, with creamy flesh that's juicy, sweet and aromatic. The sugar is nicely balanced by a sub-acid tang.


A medium-sized, round apple featuring brilliant orange-red stripes over a yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Early to mid-season (usually in September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (2 to 3 weeks when kept refrigerated).

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