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:

Jonagold splits the difference nicely between two classics: the sweet Golden Delicious and the tart Jonathan.


apple_jonagold.jpgThe story of Jonagold:

Apple breeders hope the combination of two great varieties will result in the best of both in an exciting new apple, but it rarely works out that perfectly.

After all, each variety has a myriad of characteristics, some more desirable than others. So, hybrids tend to be a mixed bag.

But Jonagold’s proponents will tell you this apple comes darn close to bringing together the best of its parents: the sweet, honeyed, yellow Golden Delicious and the tart, flavourful, red Jonathan.

The popularity of this apple tends to back up the view of Jonagold cheerleaders, as it’s now grown all over Europe, in Japan, China, North America and even the United Kingdom.

Jonagold Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Geneva New York, USA; introduced in 1968.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy, yellowish flesh is crisp. Flavour is rich and honeyed with Jonathan's acidity nicely balancing Golden Delicious' sweetness.


The golden-yellow background is flushed with orange-red and striped with red. This pretty apple tends to be medium-to-large.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Good (3 to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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