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

Grimes Golden

Why you should be excited:

Grimes Golden is a classic and as fantastic an apple as you're going to find in almost every way imaginable.

apple_GrimesGolden_small.JPGThe story of Grimes Golden:

Another of the old-time favourite apples in our orchard, Grimes Golden is the ultimate classic crisp, yellow apple.

Discovered in West Virginia back in 1832, this is a truly memorable apple to eat. The flesh is crisp, juicy and fine-grained. The aroma is spicy and distinctive and the flavour is the same: rich and unforgettable.

In addition to being a superior fresh-eating apple, Grimes Golden is also sought-after by cider-makers, who appreciate the outstanding quality of its juice.

This pretty apple also cooks well and stores even better. And the tree is a great one to include in your orchard because it's one of few varieties that can pollinate itself, plus it's great as a pollinator for others. And to top it all off, Grimes Golden starts producing good crops when the tree is still at a young age.

Grimes Golden Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in West Virginia, USA, 1832.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, fine-grained, juicy flesh. Rich, distinctive, aromatic, spicy flavour.


Very good. Medium to large in size, with clear, yellow-coloured skin.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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