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:

Wrixparent is a seedling of Transparent that ripens even earlier and resists bruising, but has less flavour.


apple_wrixparent.jpgThe story of Wrixparent:

If you've got a name like Wrixham McIlvaine, you'd better hope you can immortalize it.

Thankfully, McIlvaine discovered an apple -- either a seedling of Transparent or a mutation of it (called a 'sport') -- that took his first name. Wrixparent has two big advantages: it ripens even earlier than Transparent and it's less vulnerable to bruising.

Unfortunately, it shares Transparent's other deficiencies, which include close to zero keeping ability. Plus, some say it's less flavourful than its parent.

But if you get as keen as we do for that first apple of the season, you may not mind the weaknesses.

Wrixparent Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Magnolia, Delaware, USA, around 1920.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A firm, sharp-flavoured apple that's well-suited to cooking (it breaks down into a puree) and very early fresh-eating.


A fairly large yellow, almost white-skinned, apple.

When they’re available:

Very early season (usually in late July).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Minimal (just a few days when kept refrigerated).

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