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

Burr Knot

Why you should be excited:

Burr Knot is an old English apple best known for burrs at the base of its branches that will easily root.


apple_burrknot.jpgThe story of Burr Knot:

It’s maybe not particularly confidence-inducing to know this is an apple variety not really remembered for its taste or texture or appearance or even keeping ability.

No, Burr Knot is mainly remembered for its tendency to produce burrs at the base of each branch. Burrs that easily root, should the branch be severed from the tree and then planted. This makes for easy propagation, which then brings us to the question: is it a variety worth propagating?

If you like British-style cooking apples, which have some sharpness and cook down to a puree, then you’ll likely enjoy Burr Knot. If you feel otherwise, then it’s the novelty of this appletree's growth that will win you over, if anything does at all.

Back in the day, it was used as a rootstock as well as doing duty in the kitchen.

Burr Knot Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins. First recorded in England, 1818.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

This cooking apple is sweet, flavourful and juicy. Cooks down to a yellow puree.


This yellowish-green apple can be slightly misshapen.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used as a cooking apple.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

So-so (1 month or slightly longer when kept refrigerated).

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