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

Missouri Pippin

Why you should be excited:

Missouri Pippin is a 19th century U.S. variety that was a standard regional apple back in the day.


apple_missouripippin.jpgThe story of Missouri Pippin:

Before orchards were mostly planted on dwarf rootstock, growers has a long wait before they saw fruit from newly-planted trees. That's because an apple tree on full-sized rootstock can take six, ten, even 15 years before producing fruit.

In such orchards, the trees must be widely spaced due to their eventual large size, resulting in huge orchards that produce little fruit for many years.

To partly compensate back in the day, orchardists sometimes also planted varieties like Missouri Pippin, which produce fruit at a younger age than most other varieties. These precocious trees were planted between the regular varieties to produce short-term fruit. And then the short-termers were removed as the other trees grew larger. 

In addition to having this niche role, Missouri Pippin is a pleasant apple for fresh-eating.

Missouri Pippin Facts

Its origins:

Started from seed in Johnson County, Missouri, USA, around 1850.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The whitish flesh is slightly coarse and breaking, juicy, with a pleasant and mild subacid flavour.


This handsome medium-sized apple is striped with various shades of red.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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