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 Russet

Why you should be excited:

Golden Russet is a classic old U.S. russeted apple that’s excellent for fresh-eating and cider.


apple_goldenrusset.jpgThe story of Golden Russet:

Did Golden Russet originate in 19th century New York or 18th century New Jersey? Was it a seedling of an English russet apple or did it have different origins?

A discussion of Golden Russet raises more questions than it answers, but one thing is certain: this is an excellent old-style fresh-eating apple and also a fine choice for making cider.

Yes, it’s got a lot of russet on it, which is considered a defect by industrial agriculture. But, as with the great English russet apples, it’s high time for us to dispense with that silliness and start paying more attention to what’s on the inside: delicious, sweet, juicy flesh that’s luscious and an outstanding classic fresh-eating apple.

Golden Russet Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in New York, USA, 1845 (or possibly much earlier).

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Fine-grained, juicy flesh, crisp, firm and on the sweet side. An excellent eating apple.


Attractive, russeted, rounded fruits, medium-sized. Green Green background with a coppery-orange flush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating (and cider).

Keeping ability:

Very good (3 or 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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