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Salish apples are medium-sized with a pinkish-red blush over a yellow background. It is a fairly round apple with a wide, rounded bottom and broad shoulders. The white flesh is crisp and juicy, with a tangy taste.
Salish apples are available in the late fall and early winter months.
The Salish apple is the newest trademarked apple to come out of Canada. It underwent a long and vigorous process beginning with cross-pollination to capture the ‘perfect apple’ taste and qualities. Labeled as SPA493 during the testing, tasting and growing process, the Salish apple was released in the Fall of 2012. It was named for the Salish, a Canadian First Nation tribe that lived in the Okanagan area in British Columbia.
Salish apples can be eaten fresh, out-of-hand or used to make baked goods like pies, tarts and muffins. The crisp texture holds up well when cooked.
Salish apples were developed in British Columbia by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists in partnership with the Okanagan Plant Improvement Corporation. The Salish apple is the result of a 31-year process (begun in 1981), which originated with 800 unique cross breed varieties that all contained genes from the two parent apples. This Canadian apple is a cross between a Splendour apple, selected for heartiness, and a Gala apple, selected for texture and taste. The apple was bred not only for the consumer, for taste, appearance, flavor and shelf life, but also for the grower, for its late harvest date, high yields and storage qualities.