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

Hudson's Golden Gem

Why you should be excited:

Hudson’s Golden Gem is the largest of the high-quality russet apples, with a distinctive pear-like flavour.


apple_hudsonsgoldengem.jpgThe story of Hudson's Golden Gem:

Do you consider russeted apples to be inherently ugly or truly beautiful?

It seems almost everyone falls into one camp or the other, with few apple-lovers having no opinion on the topic.

Connoisseurs tend to overwhelmingly fall into the second group, celebrating the beauty and the complex flavour of the scratchy-coated russets, respected heritage varieties all.

The largest of the russets is Hudson’s Golden Gem, which was found by chance in Oregon during the first third of the 20th century and delivers excellent flavour in a tall, eye-catching apple.

Like russets generally, this is an apple that ripens late, is mainly used for fresh eating and keeps quite well.

Awesome, as long as you like the scratchy, brownish coat…

Hudson's Golden Gem Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in Oregon, USA; introduced in 1931.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The crisp, light-yellow flesh is tender, sweet and juicy. The flavour has been described as Bosc pear-like, with a hint of nuttiness.


This is the largest of the high-quality russet apples and fairly tall, with dull yellow-coloured skin, mostly covered with the russet.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good. Also good for juice.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating, although considered good in cider.

Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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