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

Crimson Topaz

Why you should be excited:

Crimson Topaz is a deeper red-coloured version of the wonderful modern, Czech fresh-eating variety, Topaz.


The story of Crimson Topaz:


It's confession time: I admit that I broke our Salt Spring Apple Company rules when it came to Crimson Topaz.

In the case of every single other variety, if we have a minor genetic variation (known as a 'sport'), we just list the original variety and treat any sports (for example, Belle de Boskoop Red or Spartan Large) as the same as the original. This way, we avoid overstating the number of varieties we're growing.

But -- because I'm so excited about Topaz -- I counted Topaz and Crimson Topaz as two different varieties, when really they're identical except for more red on this one.

Both are crisp and tart and delicious and I'm thrilled to have them.

Crimson Topaz Facts

Its origins:

Sport of Topaz, which was bred in Rozvojova, Czech Republic; 1990s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, cream-coloured flesh, with a distinctive tart and spicy flavour.


A medium to large-sized apple with a rich crimson skin colour.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 months or more when kept refrigerated).

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