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

Virginia Gold

Why you should be excited:

Virginia Gold is a 1970s-bred apple from the U.S. South that has won plenty of praise in taste-testings.


apple_virginiagold.jpgThe story of Virginia Gold:

This modern cross of old U.S. favourites Newtown Pippin and Golden Delicious has won a lot of favour in its native Virginia as well as elsewhere over recent years.

With the winning combination of a pretty appearance -- it's a yellow apple with a most pleasant pink blush -- and outstanding flavour -- you'll find plenty of sweetness here, as well as balancing sharpness -- it's a variety that might just become more widely planted as the years go by.

A particularly valuable bonus is the fact that Virginia Gold stores well, actually improving in flavour and sweetening over time spent in storage.

Keep your eye on this winner of a relatively recent variety.

Virginia Gold Facts

Its origins:

Bred at BLacksburg, Virginia, USA, 1976.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The firm flesh of this perennial taste-test winner has an excellent balance of sweet and tart.


This pretty yellow-skinned apple has a very attractive pink/red blush.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).

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