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:

Maigold is a delightful fresh-eating apple from Switzerland that keeps well and even resists bruising.


apple_maigold.jpgThe story of Maigold:

Yes, even Switzerland has gotten into the apple-breeding act.

Clearly, there’s more to that country than snow-covered crags and yodeling shepherds.

And Maigold, a cross between Franc Rouseau and Golden Delicious, is one of the world’s best-kept apple secrets, delivering very nice flavour in a crisp apple that scores well in just about every significant category.

Which explains why it’s grown commercially by the Swiss and in Northern Italy, too. But it doesn’t explain why the rest of the world has virtually ignored it.

Some call this the Gold-N-Rose apple, but we’re happy to stick with the classier-sounding Maigold, thank you very much.

Maigold Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Wadenswil, Switzerland; 1954 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crisp, light-yellow flesh has a nice sweet-sharp taste with a distinctive richness and honeyed flavour. It develops citrusy tones in storage.


The skin has a yellow background with a red blush that can cover virtually the entire apple.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Excellent (up to 6 months when kept refrigerated).

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