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:

Wealthy is an old U.S. apple that’s long been famed for its ability to withstand harsh prairie winters.


apple_wealthy-4.jpgThe story of Wealthy:

Although Wealthy is a much higher-quality apple than Transparent, the two varieties have something significant in common: both were once prized for an attribute unrelated to their eating quality.

Both also suffered from the eventual arrival of other varieties matching their key attribute while delivering better overall quality.

In Transparent’s case, the attribute was early ripening; for Wealthy, winter hardiness.

While it’s still highly respected a century and a half after it appeared on the scene, there are now quite a few good varieties that can survive a Minnesota winter, so Wealthy isn’t considered as uniquely precious as it once was.

Wealthy Facts

Its origins:

Raised from a seed in Excelsior, Minnesota, USA, 1861.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The soft and juicy cream-coloured flesh is sweet. Some people have detected hints of berry in the flavour.


The pale yellow background skin colour of this medium-sized apple is mostly covered with red stripes and a striking blood-red flush.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Good, when used soon after harvest.

Keeping ability:

Good (up to 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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