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

Red Melba

Why you should be excited:

Red Melba is a sport of the pleasant Canadian early season apple, Melba. As you might guess, it’s more red than the original.


apple_redmelba.jpgThe story of Red Melba:

We modest Canadians tend not to give ourselves a lot of credit for much of anything.

And this would certainly include credit for creating quality apple varieties. That may be one reason why we don’t even know many of the varieties that have been bred here. Like Melba, or Red Melba, its much deeper-coloured sport.

This is a tasty summer apple that has been praised internationally as having ‘lovely’ flavour. Red Melba is even nicer than Melba and not just because it’s got richer colouring; it also is firmer and less vulnerable to bruising.

So let’s hear some pride in quality Canadian apples: “Oh, Canada!”…

Red Melba Facts

Its origins:

A sport of Melba; 1940s introduction.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

The white flesh is fairly firm yet melting, sweet and juicy, with hints of strawberry and a vinous flavour -- like its parent, McIntosh.


Striped and flushed a much deeper red than the regular Melba.

When they’re available:

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating:

Very good.

Quality for cooking:

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability:

Minimal (best eaten within a week or 2 of harvest).

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