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:

Pilot is a long-lost multi-purpose Virginian apple that was rediscovered in 1989 after decades of being lost.


apple_pilot.jpgThe story of Pilot:

If your life was all about searching out lost heritage apple varieties -- like Tom Burford and Lee Calhoun -- then you'd be pretty excited to find one of them.

Calhoun has maintained a 'ten most wanted' list, containing apples from the U.S. South that are remembered fondly but haven't been seen in the flesh for decades, if not longer.

Keeping in touch with broad networks of fruit lovers, these apple hunters are always looking for word on an old tree someone finds somewhere, overgrown, but apparently still producing the occasional long-lost apple.

That's what happened with Pilot, a good keeper and multi-purpose apple found by Burford in 1989.

Pilot Facts

Its origins:

Raised from seed in Nelson County, Virginia, USA, about 1830.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The yellowish flesh is fine-grained, firm, tender, juicy, aromatic and mildly subacid.


A large, roundish apple, its skin is striped and shaded with dull red.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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