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

Pixie Crunch

Why you should be excited:

Pixie Crunch is a much nicer apple than its uninspired marketing-influenced name might lead you to believe.


apple_pixiecrunch.jpgThe story of Pixie Crunch:

Ah, for the days of naming an apple for the location it was first found, the person who found it or some superlative that made sense at the time and seems plain old quaint today.

Pixie Crunch did not come from those days.

Instead, I can just imagine the boardroom of a marketing firm, where a bunch of highly-paid ‘suits’ meet to concoct the name for a new apple variety. Those folks chose ‘pixie’ to put a positive spin on the apple’s small size and ‘crunch’ to appeal to one of today’s apple imperatives: it’s got to be super-crisp.

There’s nothing wrong with those characteristics, of course. Nor with the apple. It’s just a pretty lame name, that’s all we’re sayin’.

Pixie Crunch Facts

Its origins:

Bred in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 1993 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet-flavoured, balanced with nice tartness. Crisp, breaking texture and juicy.


A small to medium-sized roundish apple. The greenish-yellow base skin colour is mostly covered with deep red-purple.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).


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Salt Spring Island, BC

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