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:

Rock is a small, tart cooking apple from Scotland. Not particularly well known, despite its evocative name.


The story of Rock:

One suspects there's never been a crack marketing team guiding the fate of this apple variety

If there was, we likely would know a lot more about Rock than the sketchy description we've been able to find of an apple that made its way from Scotland to England just after the Second World War. The variety perhaps originated more than a half century earlier.

And it seens unlikely that a crack marketing team would christen an apple variety Rock, even if it is the hardest little apple you've ever seen. Who would dream of biting into a nice, fresh... Rock?

Despite the uncomplimentary name, this is a useful cooking apple, delivering pretty white flesh and good tartness in a small fruit with good texture.

Rock Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in Scotland, likely sometime before the 1880s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The white flesh is crisp and tart.


A small apple.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in early September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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