Have you see a Melrose apple at a farmer's market, orchard, or local grocery store? Learn about this apple and why you should buy it next time.
Have you ever wanted to know what the official apple of the state of Ohio was? Whether you wondered this or not, I am have the answer for you - it's the Melrose.
This apple was created by crossing together a Red Delicious and Jonathan. This apple burst onto the scene during the second World War. As for the time of year it is harvested, you can start finding it in October, with the middle of the month being it's peak season.
My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)
Tartness : 4
Apple Flavor: 8
This is a good tasting apple. It has the flavor of a Jonathan, but is not as tart. There is an array of things you can use this apple for. It can be eaten out of hand. People say that as the apple is kept in storage it becomes a better out of hand apple.
When I picked them off the trees at an orchard in Ohio, the fruit was perfectly ripe with the skin have some orange color in it. This made for an apple with a rich flavor.
I think where these apples really shine is in baking procedures. This is one wonderful dessert apple that goes well in pies and other baked goods as well as being an excellent addition to applesauce. I used some Melrose apple to make an apple filing and it was delicious
More Apples to Try
We review apples all the time on the blog. Here are some other varieties you should try out: