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

Williams' Pride

Why you should be excited:

Williams' Pride is a wonderful dark-red early-ripening 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 or was 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, among many others.

This dark red-skinned 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.


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:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

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

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