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 Noble

Why you should be excited:

Golden Noble has been the most popular apple in our orchard –- among marauding, baby-tree eating bunny rabbits.


apple_goldennoble.jpgThe story of Golden Noble:

We don’t know why the rabbits that regularly raid our orchard –- especially during the winter –- preferred feasting on tiny little Golden Noble trees more than any of the other varieties surrounding them.

It was troubling, as one tree in particular was snipped off almost to the ground on consecutive years. Which made it tough for us to sample the apples, which are reputed to have very nice flavour. For a while, we doubted whether that particular tree would ever get to the point of producing fruit.

Thankfully, rabbit guards eventually allowed the little thing to get on track with its growth and we expect to be sampling its apples soon. We're looking forward to that, as the only criticism we’ve encountered of Golden Noble as a cooking apple is that it isn’t as acidic as Bramley’s Seedling.

Not exactly a disastrous issue. Indicating that maybe the rabbits were onto something…

Golden Noble Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Downham, Norfolk, England; introduced in 1820.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The creamy white flesh is juicy and tart, with good fruity flavour.


This light green apple, which turns gold with ripeness, is large, round and attractive.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in early October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly a cooking apple, but considered good quality by those who do eat it fresh. Also good for juice.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

So-so (1 to 2 months when kept refrigerated).

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