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:

Tsugaru is a super-sweet Japanese variety that separates lovers of sweet apples from lovers of tart.


apple_tsugaru.jpgThe story of Tsugaru:

Tsugaru demonstrates mainstream Japanese taste for apples taken to the extreme.

It’s one of the sweetest apples you’ll ever find and critics will tell you it’s got little going for it other than the sugar and a wee bit more firmness than its parent, Golden Delicious.

For some apple lovers, sweet and firm are more than enough on their own to satisfy, thank you very much. Others, though, decry the lack of balance in Tsugaru, the lack of acid and the general lack of apple flavour. They say you can do a whole lot better, even among sweet apples.

Which position is ‘right’? Neither, of course, as this is all a matter of taste.

We recommend that you give Tsugaru a try and judge for yourself.

Tsugaru Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Morioka, Japan; introduced in 1999.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm-fleshed, juicy and extremely sweet. The apple flavour is subdued; some say it's 'weak.'


Resembles Golden Delicious. A fairly large, yellow apple with a pink blush.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in early November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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