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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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:

Alkmene is a German apple that was a long time in becoming available to the rest of the world, but has proven to be worth the wait.


apple_alkmene.jpgThe story of Alkmene:

Events in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s were, of course, so catastrophic one can hardly expect apple breeding to have taken a high priority. Yet it did not stop entirely.

Which may explain how a most pleasant apple variety like Alkmene could have first appeared on the scene in Germany during the ‘30s but not be introduced to the rest of the world until 1962. 

Known as Early Windsor in the U.K., this fine apple is one of many descendants of the great Cox’s Orange Pippin, capturing some of the outstanding flavour of Cox, but without its finicky, disease-susceptible characteristics.

Widely grown in Europe, Alkmene is an apple well worth the wait and definitely worth trying.

Alkmene Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Muncheberg, Germany; 1962 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy flesh. Rich, aromatic, honeyed flavour.


This medium-sized roundish apple has a greenish-yellow background flushed with orange-red and striped in red.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 or 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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