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:

Jonathan was America’s favourite apple, supplanting Ben Davis until it too was surpassed, by Red Delicious.


apple_jonathan.jpgThe story of Jonathan:

We might have read some profundity into the early 19th century discovery of this fine apple near Woodstock, New York, the town known for the 1969 music festival of its name.

But while the apple was indeed found on a farm just outside Woodstock, the music festival didn’t actually happen at Woodstock at all, but rather near Bethel, some 60-plus kilometres away. So this legendary apple doesn’t actually need to share fame with Jimi Hendrix’s shrieking guitar.

And that’s a good thing, as Jonathan is deservedly revered for its perfect (mostly) red colouring and its outstanding mix of sweet and tart flavours.

Apparently a seedling of Esopus Spitzenberg, this is a heritage apple –- once the most popular of all U.S. varieties –- worth seeking out.

Jonathan Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Woodstock, New York, USA; first described in 1826.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, juicy and sweet with plenty of refreshing acidity.


The yellow background skin colour of this medium-sized apple is flushed with bright crimson, complemented further by red stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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