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:

Transparent is the classic early apple that doesn’t get the respect it deserves for its nice flavour.


apple_yellowtransparent.jpgThe story of Transparent:

Folks in the U.S. call it Yellow Transparent, the Brits White Transparent, the Germans Klarapfel and we’re just going to call it Transparent.

And while we far too often seem to pile on nasty comments about this apple’s lack of keeping ability and its typical early-apple-sharpness, Transparent is the ubiquitous first apple for a reason.

It really does ripen super early and that’s precious, even if you do need to eat it within nanoseconds of harvest or risk getting a mouthful of unappetizing wooliness.

So let’s see if we can lay off on the too-easy criticisms and instead notice the nice apple flavour Transparent gives us so very early in the season.

Transparent Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Russia or the Baltic States, 18th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Soft, pale cream-coloured, acidic flesh with some sugar and nice flavour.


A medium to large-sized apple with green or yellow skin.

When they’re available:

Very early season (usually in late July or early August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good if eaten immediately after harvest.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Minimal (a few days, if even that long, when kept refrigerated).

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