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

Peche Melba

Why you should be excited:

Peche Melba is an early season apple from Ireland that's remarkable for one thing: the colour of its skin and flesh.


apple_pechemelba.jpgThe story of Peche Melba:

We're sorry to disappoint, but this apple is neither French nor flavoured like a peach.

Yes, the name indicates otherwise, but you'll need to accept that the name relates only to the appearance of this apple -- pink and orange skin on the outside and peach-coloured  flesh on the inside -- and not to its place of origin or taste.

First discovered in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Peche Melba was brought to England in 1930, when it received its name and began catching people's eyes.

The colouring of this early apple appeals to many, but the taste really only works for those who like their apples tart. And eat 'em fast: this apple only keeps for a few weeks.

Peche Melba Facts

Its origins:

Unknown origins in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Brought to England and named in 1930.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Don't be fooled by the name: this apple is extremely tart and tastes nothing like a peach, despite the peach colour of the skin.


One-of-a-kind in appearance, with pink and orange-coloured skin.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).

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