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

Novabirski Sweet

Why you should be excited:

Novabirski Sweet is about the sweetest little apple you’ll find. Often with more than 20 per cent sugar.


The story of Novabirski Sweet:

Given the hazy history of so many apple varieties and the fact that they come from all over the planet, it’s not surprising that we have a variety or two in our orchard we have difficulty documenting.

We can’t find Novabirski Sweet listed anywhere, except in the catalog of Salt Spring Island’s Bright Farm, from which we acquired a couple of these trees. We don’t even have a photo and may not until our little baby trees grow up and start producing.

It’s an obscure apple, but certainly not a bland one. These little guys are perennial winners of the ‘sweetest apple’ award at Salt Spring’s Fall Fair.

But why can’t we find it listed anywhere? Is the name mis-spelled? Is there an alternative moniker that’s in wider use? Is there another explanation?

One day we’ll find out, but for now we’ll just tell you this is likely the sweetest apple you’ll ever taste.

Novabirski Sweet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Russia, date unknown.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The dense yellowish flesh is incredibly sweet. Apparently up to 20 per cent sugar.


This is a small yellow apple, usually with a red blush on the sunny side.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Good (as long as you love 'em sweet).

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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