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


Why you should be excited:

Honeygold is is a sweet apple similar to Golden Delicious, grown on trees that can handle harsh winter weather.


apple_honeygold.jpgThe story of Honeygold:

Perhaps best known for being falsely identified as one of the parents of the highly-regarded Honeycrisp, this is an apple that’s also carved out a niche all its own among apple eaters.

Like the name suggests, this is a sweet apple, one that seeks to match the quality of its parent, Golden Delicious, while growing on a hardy tree that can withstand a Minnesota winter (an ability it owes largely to its other parent, Haralson).

While some call it bland, others appreciate Honeygold’s crisp, juicy, straightforward sweetness.

Appealing mostly to those in cold winter areas, this remains a solid variety that's worth growing, even in balmier climes like Salt Spring Island.

Honeygold Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Minnesota, USA, 1970 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Sweet, crisp and juicy, with a relatively straightforward (some say "bland") flavour.


Medium-to-large in size, greenish to golden, sometimes with a redish bronze blush. Smooth skin.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (3 months when kept refrigerated).

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