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Melba

Dessert apple

Malus domestica Borkh.

Raised in 1898 by W.T. Macoun at the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Canada. Introduced in 1909. It received the Silver Wilder Medal from the American Pomological Society in 1927. Fruits have firm, crisp, white, juicy flesh with a refreshing vinous flavour. Skin is aromatic.

Availability
Material available from the National Fruit Collection.
Parentage:
McIntosh x Unknown
Mother to:
Caravel
Silva
Jamba 69
Beverly Hills
Father to:
Ranger
Pirja
Sports:
Red Melba
Hunter Melba

Accession No.
1925 - 021

  

Accession name
Melba
Flowering time  ›››
3rd May10% flowering
8th MayFull (80%) flowering
14th May90% petal fall
Picking time
Mid August 1
Size
medium 1
Shape
Flat globose 1
Ribbing
weak-medium 1
Crown
medium 1
Ground Colour
Whitish yellow 1
Over Colour
Pink 1
Over Colour Pattern
striped/mottled 1
Crunch
crisp 1
Flesh Colour
White 1


References:
1. NFC fruit (undated) Unpublished characterisation by staff at NFC, Brogdale.
2. Smith, M. (1971) National Apple Register