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

Wolf River

Why you should be excited:

Wolf River is the dream apple variety for bakers who like their apples huge, tender, juicy and holding their shape.

apple_WolfRiver_small.JPGThe story of Wolf River:

If you like your apples big, you're going to want to check out Wolf River. If you like to bake with apples, you've likely already heard of Wolf River.

And if you enjoy learning about the history of apple varieties, you'll be wanting to look up Wolf River, Wisconsin, the location where this fine apple was first discovered, way back in 1875.

Yes, Wolf River is a classic old U.S. apple variety, apparent offspring of the old Russian apple variety Alexander. Some love Wolf River for fresh eating, while others aren't so sure, due to its softish flesh. But it's pretty much unanimous that this is one of the all-time great cookers, especially since you can get a pie out of just one or two apples.

This is a mid-season ripening apple that's well known among growers for its trees, which are highly productive -- and stay that way for decades. Growers love its hardiness (necessary to survive those Wisconsin winters), its disease resistance and its productivity.

You'll likely be most impressed by the tenderness and tart juiciness of Wolf River's flesh, along with its ability to hold together well when cooked.

Wolf River Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Wisconsin, USA, 1875.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Tender, sub-acid/tart and juicy. Good apple flavour.


Variable, but consistently attractive. Huge in size, with a red flush covering most of its yellow background skin colour.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mixed, due to its softness.

Quality for cooking:

Excellent (holds its shape when cooked).

Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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