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 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples 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:

Chehalis is almost certainly a seedling of Golden Delicious and it’s a lot like its parent, only better.


apple_chehalis.JPGThe story of Chehalis:

For an apple that takes so much flak, Golden Delicious sure is related to an awful lot of highly-respected newer varieties.

Consider Chehalis, for example, a variety that appeared by chance in Washington State, just a few hundred kilometres away from our Salt Spring Island orchard.

Likely a seedling of Golden Delicious, this is a very nice apple. Like Golden Delicious, it’s sweet in flavour and yellow-green in skin colour.

The characteristics setting it apart from its probable parent are positive ones: it’s larger, more elongated and – perhaps most important – it’s crisper.

It also tends to have a pretty pink blush on the side of the apple that gets the most sun.

Chehalis Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Oakville, Washington, USA, 1955.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, cream-coloured flesh is sweet and slightly honeyed. Juicy and melting.


A large yellow apple that resembles Golden Delicious, except larger, more elongated and more likely to have a pink blush on the sunny side.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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