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

Huntsman's Favorite

Why you should be excited:

Huntsman's Favorite is an apple from the U.S. Midwest, known for good fresh-eating and productiveness.


apple_huntsmansfavorite.jpgThe story of Huntsman's Favorite:

It must have been exciting back in the day to plant an apple orchard from seed, having no idea whether any of your trees -- each bringing a new variety to the world -- would produce apples palatable for fresh eating.

Of course, it would be a slow-paced excitement, as it could take a decade or more before you'd eat your first apple from this new orchard.

After the wait, it'd be extra exciting when one or more varieties turned out to be of good quality.

That's what happened to John Hunstman of Missouri, who grew this apple, which didn't just prove to have good eating qualities; it also grew on a highly productive tree. A huge bonus, to be sure.

Never having gained fame beyond Missouri and Kansas, Huntsman's Favorite disappeared from widespread planting sometime before 1900.

Huntsman's Favorite Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Fayette, Missouri, USA, about 1850.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Expect aromatic qualities and subacid flavour from the juicy, yellow flesh of this apple.


A yellow apple that's large and roundish, occasionally with an orangish blush and/or some russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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