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

White Melrose

Why you should be excited:

White Melrose is an old Scottish cooking apple that's revered by some Scots. Its skin is almost white.


apple_WhiteMelrose_small.JPGThe story of White Melrose:

We've had a few Scots approach us, having heard that we've growing an apple called Melrose, hoping that it's the apple they remember from back home.

Positively swooning at the thought, these folks have been crushed to learn the Melrose we talk about a lot is a 20th century U.S. apple that's bright red and not the 19th century (or older) Scottish variety they know, which is, indeed, almost white in skin colour.

Well, we have both. And this one is reputed to be an appealing cooking apple, with nice flavour, enough acid to stand up to baking and the sort of history that makes it memorable to those who hail from Scotland.

As do some of our ancestors, so it's a good fit for our orchard.

White Melrose Facts

Its origins:

Uncertain origins, but likely introduced by Scottish monks, sometime before 1831.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Cooked, it keeps some shape and delivers a nicely balanced sweet-sharp flavour.


This large, ribbed apple is a pale milky yellow. Yes, it's almost white-skinned.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in mid-September).

Quality for fresh eating:

Mainly used for cooking.

Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

So-so (i month or slightly longer when kept refrigerated).

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