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Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top Nine

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the nine apple varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more

 

The Big 20

We definitely don't stop at nine varieties. In fact, we consider these 20 to be  almost as amazing as our Top Nine. And most certainly worth checking out. Read more

 

The WHole 300

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our list of the 29 best varieties is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 300-plus apples is a winner in our books. Read more

Williams' Pride

Why you should be excited:

Williams' Pride is a wonderful dark-red early apple that's firm, with an unusually good sweet/tart balance.

apple_williamspride.jpgThe story of Williams' Pride:

Your first question might very well be: who is Williams? This is a reasonable question, although the answer is perhaps slightly less romantic than some old-time varieties that got their names from the farmer who stumbled upon a miraculous chance seedling that turned out to be something great.

Not that there's a lack of greatness here. Au contraire, as Williams' Pride is highly thought of for its good flavour - especially for an early apple - and its ability to remain crisp and delicious for at least six weeks after harvest. This is unusual for a variety that ripens in August.

Back to Williams. That'd be Edwin B. Williams, the long-time leader of the disease-resistant apple breeding program at Purdue University. Yes, Williams' Pride is one of the apples from the noted 'PRI' co-op program (which also involves Indiana and Illinois Universities) that has also spawned Salt Spring Apple Company favourites Pristine, GoldRush and Jonafree.

This dark red apple has an excellent balance of sugar and acid and looks great, too. It's one of a few varieties we grow that debunk the commonly-held view that early apples are second rate.

And if you doubt our word on this, just ask Professor Williams.

Williams' Pride Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Indiana, USA; 1987 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, with an excellent sugar/acid balance and unusually complex flavour for an early apple.

Appearance:

Excellent. Medium to large in size, with dark red coloured skin.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Excellent.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

So-so (up to a month when kept cold).

Next of The Big 18 is Winter Banana.

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