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:

Opalescent is an old classic U.S. apple that’s large, crunchy and reminiscent of a simpler time.


apple_opalescent.jpgThe story of Opalescent:

It’s the price of vanity.

George Hudson was perhaps a touch self-aggrandizing when he named this fine apple, one that he had found by chance while clearing property. The name he selected: Hudson’s Pride of Michigan.

Unfortunately for Mr. Hudson, the folks at Dayton Star Nursery were marketing-savvy –- even in the 1880s -– so they changed the name to something less clunky and more concisely evocative: Opalescent.

So here it is, a fine old U.S. apple for fresh eating, with thanks to Mr. Hudson for finding it and our regrets (sort of) for the jettisoning of his surname.

Opalescent Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Barry County, Michigan, USA, in the 19th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Crunchy, with dense flesh that's flavourful but not very juicy. It's got a nice sweet-tart balance and interesting fruity and floral notes.


A large, hearty apple with red blush covering much of its yellowish-green background. Sometimes has spots of russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late 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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