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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


Why you should be excited:

Haralson is historically important because it was an early-developed variety that’s up to prairie winters.


apple_Haralson_small.JPGThe story of Haralson:

If you don’t live in a place that has super-harsh winters, then you may have trouble fully appreciating Haralson.

But if you do, then you likely understand how valuable this variety has proven to be. There just aren’t that many apple varieties that can handle 40 below every winter and still deliver quality fruit year in and year out.

This is one, as are its offspring, as Haralson has proven to be a dependable choice for apple breeding at the University of Minnesota.

Its progeny include good old Honeygold, but apparently not – contrary to some conjecture – the highly popular more recent Honeycrisp, which has a fanatical following among lovers of crisp-to-the-point-of-craziness apples.

Haralson Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Excelsior, Minnesota, USA, 1959.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

A firm, juicy, tangy apple with full, rich, subacid flavour that develops and improves while the fruit is in storage.


A rounded, medium-sized apple. THe skin has a bright yellow-green background mostly covered by a strong dark-red flush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good, plus it's also valued for cider.

Keeping ability:

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

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