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:

Orin is a classic Japanese apple: sweet, aromatic and fruity in flavour, with barely a hint of tartness.


apple_blushinggolden.jpgThe story of Orin:

A sweet apple, like virtually every significant variety that’s been bred in Japan, Orin’s flavour –- according to some –- includes a hint of pineapple. Others say they sense a taste of pear.

We’re pretty sure most of us will notice neither.

Regardless, you’ll find it sweet and fragrant and you’ll like it if you’re into sweet apples that are almost absent of tartness. It’s also a good-sized yellow apple that’s subtle and fragrant.

The third-most-grown apple in Japan, Orin shares the same parents (Indo and Golden Delicious) as Mutsu and Shizuka.

And it’s gained a modest foothold as an organic commercial apple in British Columbia.

Orin Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Aomori, Japan, 1952 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A sweet, juicy, honeyed flavour and aromatic with low acid and a pale, yellow flesh.


Fairly large, oblong in shape, with yellow skin, sometimes blushed red-orange and with prominent white spots (lenticels) over the skin.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (up to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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