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

Golden Nugget

Why you should be excited:

Golden Nugget is a Canadian-bred apple that was created almost by mistake. And a tasty mistake it was.


apple_goldennugget.jpgThe story of Golden Nugget:

We’re not entirely sure what a “pollination investigation” is, but it was in the course of one of those that Golden Nugget came to be.

The Nova Scotia researchers who raised the first Golden Nugget seedling in 1932 by crossing Cox’s  Orange Pippin with Golden Russet hadn’t planned to create a new apple variety.

But the resulting fruit tasted so good, the variety was introduced in the mid-1960s.

While it’s never likely to appeal to industrial agriculture due to its small size and significant amounts of russet, we can enjoy Golden Nugget’s rich flavour and appreciate this “pollination investigation” for having added another nice Canadian apple.

Golden Nugget Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada; introduced in 1964.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sugary-sweet, with a rich, luscious, yet mellow flavour. Also crisp and juicy, with a pineapple-like tang.


A small, often-russeted apple that's got yellow skin with orange streaks and splashes, plus the russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

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Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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