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:

Jonwin is one of many obscure apple varieties bred by independent-minded U.S. apple breeder Albert Etter.


apple_Jonwin_small.JPGThe story of Jonwin:

The first challenge with Jonwin is to figure out where it came from.

The legendary -- at least in the minds of folks who admire independent-minded apple breeders -- Albert Etter asserted that it was a cross between two U.S. classics: Jonathan as mother and Baldwin as father. But many experts doubt this claim, as Baldwin is well known to be a terrible pollinator (well, it's effectively sterile), so it is considered a longshot to be the male parent for any new varieties.

Whether or not those are its parents, Jonwin is an attractive apple that shares some characteristics with its purported parents: the crispness of Baldwin and the distinctive aromatic flavour of Jonathan. It also wins over some fans while remaining -- like Etter's other apple varieties -- relatively obscure.

Jonwin Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Ettersburg, California, USA in the first half of the 20th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp and aromatic.


The yelow skin of this handsome apple is partly covered with bright-red stripes.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (about 1 month when kept refrigerated).

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