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 17 traditional cider varieties (with a couple of crabs 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

Golden Harvey

Why you should be excited:

Golden Harvey was once a popular fresh-eating apple in England, before gaining favour in cider and brandy.


The story of Golden Harvey:

apple_goldenharvey.jpgSome apples that tend to be quite small end up being tossed aside by those who prefer larger-sized fruit.

In the case of Golden Harvey, the apple’s high sugar level helped it avoid that fate, instead shifting from a popular fresh-eating apple in Victorian times to a cider and brandy apple more recently.

Either way, it’s a good choice, as Golden Harvey’s sweetness is balanced by bracing acidity and it's got strong apple flavour as well. Because of the high level of sugar, it can make a cider of significant alcohol content.

It’s an old English variety that’s got plenty of merit, despite the puny size of the fruit.

Golden Harvey Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain, but likely was a chance seedling in Hertfrdshire, England, perhaps as far back as the early 1600s.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Intensely flavoured and aromatic, with a good balance of sweet and sharp elements.


A small gold-coloured apple that usually has russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Good for cider and apple brandy.

Keeping ability:

Very good (4 or 5 months when kept refrigerated).

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