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

Sweet Bough

Why you should be excited:

Sweet Bough may be the best of all old-time early apples: juicy, tender and crisp, with honey-sweet flavour.

apple_sweet-bough.jpgThe story of Sweet Bough:

Yes, yes. We know. Sweet Bough is another variety many people have never heard of. We're hoping to play a part in changing that, as this is reputed to be the very best of all the old-time early sweet apples.

Sweet Bough is certainly far from a newcomer to the world of apples, having been discovered in the United States very nearly two centuries ago (1817, to be precise).

What sets this variety apart from other early apples is its flavour. When the first ripe Sweet Bough apples arrive on the scene, people are bowled over by their honey-sweet flavour, not to mention their juicy, tender crispness.

Sweet Bough is a nice-looking yellow-green apple of good size and while it's not a long-term keeper, who wants something this luscious sitting in the fridge for months and months?

From a grower's point of view, this is an extra nice variety, due to its productiveness and resistance to scab and other diseases.

Still obscure after almost 200 years, we'd like to nominate Sweet Bough as unsung player on Salt Spring Apple Company's roster of awesome apple varieties.

Sweet Bough Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in the northeast of the USA; first recorded in 1817.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Juicy, tender and crisp with honey-sweet flavour.


Very good. Medium-to-large sized, green to yellow skin colour.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Outstanding. Considered to be the best old-time early sweet apple.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (don’t try storing it for more than a week or two).

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