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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

GoldRush

Why you should be excited:

GoldRush is a great late-ripening apple that's gaining a stellar reputation for its complex, spicy flavour.

apple_goldrush.jpgThe story of GoldRush:

We struggled mightily as we sorted through the hundreds of apple varieties we could choose from to pick Our Top 25, the varieties we have planted more of and promote more enthusiastically than all the rest.

Since we were setting out to grow non-mainstream varieties almost exclusively, we weren't going to plant a lot of Granny Smith trees no matter what. But we knew we needed at least one variety that shared some of our favourite attributes of that Aussie classic: its crispness, tartness, firmness and good keeping ability.

Could we possibly find a variety that was as good as -- or maybe even better than -- Granny Smith in these all-important areas? It took some exploration, then debate and soul searching. But we finally did.

We'd like you to meet GoldRush, a 1994 introduction from those sharp apple breeders at Purdue, Illinois and Rutgers Universities. This time, they out-did themselves, breeding an apple with complex, spicy flavour, tongue-tingling acid and crisp flesh. GoldRush is a medium to large-sized greenish-yellow skinned apple, occasionally with a red blush, that stores as well as any variety we grow (or know about, for that matter).

While we might struggle to ripen GoldRush in years where we have a particularly cool summer (yes, that does happen on Salt Spring Island now and again), we're willing to take the risk in order to grow such a great apple. Especially since the trees of this variety are resistant to disease and moderately vigorous growers.

So, Granny Smith fans, please join us in welcoming GoldRush to the fold. We're thinking that once you try it, you may not be going back.

GoldRush Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Indiana, USA; 1994 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Complex, spicy flavour, sprightly acidity. Crisp. Improves with time in storage.

Appearance:

Very good. A medium-to-large apple with greenish-yellow skin, occasionally with a red blush.

When they’re available:

Very late season (usually in November).

Quality for fresh eating:

Outstanding.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (about 7 months when kept refrigerated).

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