Melba (apple)

Melba is a Canadian cultivar of domesticated apple, which was developed by W. T. Macoun at the Central Experimental Farm, in Ottawa, Ontario[1] by crossing a McIntosh with a Liveland Raspberry apple. It has a yellow skin washed with crimson colour. Flesh is extremely white, firm and crisp. Flavor is sweet with hints of tart.[2] There is also a Red Melba mutation which is more red coloured, and is ripening later in season.[3]

'Melba apple'
SpeciesM. domestica
Hybrid parentageMcIntosh x Liveland Raspberry apple
Origin Ontario,  Canada

This tree is very productive and can bear fruit at a young age, but has a biennial tendency and early harvest. Need high skill gardening but highly rewarded.[4] It is mainly used for fresh eating.[5][6][7]


  1. National Fruit Collection page
  2. Melba at Orange Pippin
  3. New England Orchards
  4. Backyard Gardener
  5. Salt Springs Apple
  6. Platt, Rutherford (2014). 1001 Questions Answered About Trees. Courier Dover Publications. p. 169. ISBN 978-0486167817.
  7. "". Sunday, 25 September 2022

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