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

Coe's Golden Drop

Why you should be excited:

Coe's Golden Drop is a 19th century English apple sometimes confused with the plum of the same name.


apple_coesgoldendrop.jpgThe story of Coe's Golden Drop:

It's hard enough to keep track of lesser known apple varieties when they have distinctive names.

But give one apple variety several alternative names of roughly equal prominence - say Coe's Golden Drop, Golden Drop and Bishop's Thumb - and then name a plum variety identically, and you've got a problem.

Adding injury to insult, it's widely believed that many Coe's Golden Drop apple trees in the United States aren't the same variety as the original in the U.K.

This small and squat apple was going to have enough trouble gaining prominence even without these confusing issues related to its name.

The good news is that this is a firm, tasty apple that nicely balances sweet and tart.

Coe's Golden Drop Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Essex, England; first recorded in 1842.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm with a nicely balanced sweet, subacid flavour and a vinous quality.


This little apple is relatively squat with yellow skin partially covered by crimson and patches of russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

We'll let you know when we find out.

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