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

Golden Reinette

Why you should be excited:

Golden Reinette is an English old-timer that was considered a top variety back in the 19th century.


apple_goldenreinette.jpgThe story of Golden Reinette:

You know an apple’s been around for a while when it already was an ancient variety when it attained great popularity in 19th century England.

Golden Reinette has an uncertain distant history, but was very much on people’s radar (even if the concept of radar was then unknown) in the 1800s, when it was considered among the top dozen varieties for fresh eating and was renowned as a cooker in Apple Charlotte and other classic dishes.

Golden Reinette’s star might have faded over the past century, but it remains a memorable throw-back to the day when people would actually debate which apple varieties belonged on a ‘top 12’ list.

Golden Reinette Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain, but likely goes back to 17th century England.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The crisp, deep-cream coloured flesh has a very nice, uncomplicated apple flavour.


A handsome gold-coloured apple covered with an orange-red flush.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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