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 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples 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


Why you should be excited:

Melrose is a great multi-purpose apple that looks good and tastes even better after some time in storage.

apple_Melrose_small.JPGThe story of Melrose:

Ever been to Ohio? If not, taste a Melrose apple and let your imagination take you to 1940s Canton. Or maybe Columbus.

Melrose is Ohio’s official state apple, a cross between Jonathan and Red Delicious. It's the product of Ohio's apple breeding program during the first half of the 20th century. We can thank Dr. Freeman S. Howlett of the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station for this fine creation.

It’s medium-large, roundish with a yellow background skin colour that's almost entirely blushed with bright red. With rich flavour and coarse, juicy flesh, Melrose is a top-quality fresh-eating apple that’s best when it’s been stored for a while. It also cooks well, holding its shape.

There's something about Melrose that just shouts out "I am an apple and proud of it!". Maybe it's that rugged appearance and hearty size. Or the fine sugary sweetness that's perfectly balanced by a touch of tart acidity. And the darn thing will keep perfectly under refrigeration for a good four months.

If you're wondering why industrial agriculture wouldn't snap up a variety with all these great characteristics, you may or may not be surprised to learn that this awesome apple was rejected due to its colour being too 'dull' and not conducive to a good machine polishing.

Sigh. We think you'll want to forgive Melrose for this not-so major failing and appreciate this otherwise magnificent apple anyway.

Melrose Facts

Its origins:

Bred in Ohio, USA; 1944 introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm, coarse, juicy, creamy white flesh. Slightly acidic flavour that improves after some time in storage.


Very good. Large, flattened shape with a dark-red streaked and flushed skin colour over a yellowish-green background.

When they’re available:

Late season (usually in late October).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Very good.

Keeping ability:

Very good (up to 4 months when kept refrigerated).

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