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:

Mutsu is one heck of a big green apple. Large enough to make its Japanese breeders proud.


apple_mutsu.jpgThe story of Mutsu:

Why do those adept apple breeders at Morioka, Japan have such an issue with size?

It’s difficult not to notice: Fuji, Shizuka, Orin, Tsugaru, Hokuto –- and especially Mutsu. All of them are great big apples. Most of them are also sweet, sometimes to the extreme, although Mutsu has a nice balance between sweet and tart.

And to most North American palates, this balance is a good thing. Better yet, Mutsu works equally well as a fresh-eating apple (perhaps one apple per two people) and for baking.

A decent apple, Mutsu’s greatest value may be in impressing your friends with its size.

Mutsu Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Morioka, Japan; 1948 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crunchy and fairly juicy. Sharp, yet sweet at the same time. Mildly flavoured.


Big, big, big. Often a completely green apple, although ours tend to show a lot of red blush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (at least 3 to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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