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:

Topaz is a humdinger of a late ripening, crisp, tart and flavourful apple hailing from the Czech Republic.


apple_topaz.jpgThe story of Topaz:

What would an apple collection be if we didn’t include a variety from the Czech Republic?...

What? You didn’t know the Czechs even grow apples, let alone breed them? It seems that most countries on the planet, save those near the equator, have been in the apple business at one time or another. And most still are.

If soccer (aka football to most countries) is the world’s sport, then the apple is most certainly the world’s fruit. And Topaz is a fine contribution indeed from the Czechs.

Very late in ripening, this is a super-crisp, tart, flavourful red apple that keeps well and is favourably compared by some to the much-revered Honeycrisp.

Topaz Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Rozvojova, Czech Republic; 1990s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, cream-coloured flesh, with a distinctive tart and spicy flavour.


A medium to large-sized apple. THe skin's yellow background is mostly covered by a red and crimson blush.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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