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Melrose apple

Last updated 16 Aug 2014.

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Current rating: 4.1 out of 5. Total votes cast: 11

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30 Nov 2015 
My favourite apple, raw or cooked. Not so easy to find in French stores, but it's now cultivated by my local organic apple-grower, so made ample provision for the winter. I had no idea this cultivar was of US origin. Thanks to this site for the great information!

27 Sep 2015 
Just picked from my favorite Orchard (Branstool Orchard Utica Ohio) on Sept 26th. It's a little early, but it's been a good year and they are sweet/tart with those lovely Pineapple notes that I enjoy so much from Melrose. I like to eat them fresh, but they are also wonderful when cored and baked for dessert with butter and cinnamon or with homemade caramel inside. The early ones are pretty good in pies as well.

04 Oct 2013 
While shopping at our local nursery I came upon the Melrose apple tree. I thought it would be a great way to remember my mother, Rose, who had past away. This apple is a perfect combination of sweet and tart in taste, the flesh has a medium firmness, so eat, bake , or can it. I may try wine making this year! My mom ate a apple everyday, and made the best pies. 5/5 just heavenly!

06 Jan 2013 
Somewhat tart apple . Needs to be pruned and apples thinned out to produce good apples. Grows very fast.

26 Nov 2012 
The variety was unknown to us when bought from a market stall in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Looked an appetizing colour and had a pleasant, reasonably sharp taste. Will now probably seek to buy a small tree.

21 Oct 2012 
First time user. Bought at a local orchard. Made pies,used an old style peeler and corer,and slices were thin. We don't care for tart pie apples ,too much sugar needs to be used to make them palatable so we tried these. The apple flavor comes through, great texture. We already bought more and have them sliced and in the freezer. I'll be planting a few them in my small orchard.

09 Jun 2012 
We have a smallish orchard of these (30+ on mid rootstock) and whereas they are huge fruiters the initial flavour (UK spelling!) is insipid without good sun, the flavour develops into the autumn though. We juice 80% of our and the trick is to pick then wait before processing.

21 Aug 2011 
This is one of my favorite apples. It has the crispy characteristics of the Jonathon. The flavor tends to lean toward the Red Delicious. If you like a more tart apple, start eating this variety at the end of September. It is good for pie at this time. If you lean toward the sweeter characteristics, wait until late November when it becomes a good eating apple and a good apple for cider. This apple will stay on the tree for a long time. You can harvest it during a three month period for different reasons.

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Official Ohio State apple. Large flattened fruit. Yellowish green skin flushed and streaked dark red with russet spots. Firm, coarse, juicy creamy white flesh. Slightly acid flavor. Very good cooking and dessert qualities. Best after Christmas when it develops it's fruity aroma.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Jonathan x Red Delicious
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1944
  • Developed by: Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station, Wooster, Ohio
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1789


  • Flesh colour: White
  • Flesh colour: White to Cream, pale yellow
  • Flesh colour: White to Greenish to Greenish Yellow
  • Fruit size: Medium
  • Fruit size: Large
  • Fruit size: Variable
  • Fruit shape: Flat
  • Fruit shape: Flat-round
  • Fruit shape: Short-round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Round
  • Fruit shape: Round-conical
  • Fruit shape: Conical
  • Shape features (vertical view): Lop-sided, unequal sides, irregular
  • Shape features (vertical view): Ribs more pronounced at apex, toward basin
  • Shape uniformity: Lack Uniformity in size & shape
  • Russet % coverage: High
  • Russet % coverage: Medium
  • Russet % coverage: Low
  • Basin russet: Little, light russet
  • Basin russet: Usually Russet free


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Drying
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sharp / refreshing
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Flavour style: Aromatic
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer


  • Scab  - Some susceptibility
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • Apples for the 21st Century
    Author: Manhart

Melrose identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Melrose identification photos from website visitors

Photo submitted by Cris Sherman
Photo submitted by Cris Sherman

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2016 season

  • 20th March  2016  - tree owned by Bruce in Albuquerque, United States

2015 season

  • April  2015  - tree owned by J. in Elmira, United States

2014 season

  • 15th April  2014  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom
  • March  2014  - tree owned by Danny in Phoenix, United States

2013 season

  • 10th May  2013  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2012 season

  • 6th May  2012  - tree owned by Florian in Brush Prairie, United States
  • 10th April  2012  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • May  2010  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • May  2009  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2016 season

    2015 season

    • 3rd week October  2015  - tree owned by Peter in Hexham, United Kingdom

    2014 season

      2013 season

      • September  2013  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

      2012 season

      • September  2012  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

      2010 season

      • 2nd week October  2010  - tree owned by Carolina in Vashon, United States
      • 3rd week August  2010  - tree owned by Pip in Rye, United Kingdom

      2009 season

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