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Salish™ apples are medium to large in size and are round to oblate in shape. The glossy, thin, bi-colored skin has a yellow base and is covered in deep red and bright red blush. There are also many prominent white lenticels, or pores covering the smooth surface, and some russeting may occur on the shoulders of the stem end. The flesh is white to pale yellow and is crisp and firm. There are also several, small, dark brown to black seeds that are encased in the central fibrous core. Salish™ apples are juicy and aromatic with a sweet and tangy taste.
Salish™ apples are available in the late fall through early winter.
Salish™ apples are a new trademarked, late-season variety that was developed in Canada in 1981 but was not released to market until 2012. It underwent a long and vigorous process beginning with cross-pollination, and its parents are the splendor and gala apple. Named after the language spoken by the native Canadian First Nation tribe that lived in the Okanagan area in British Columbia, Salish™ apples were bred for both the consumer and grower with an appealing appearance, rich flavor, long shelf life, late harvest date, and high yields.
Salish™ apples are an excellent source of vitamin C and dietary fiber.
Salish™ apples can be eaten fresh, out-of-hand or used to make baked goods like pies, tarts, and muffins. The crisp texture also holds up well when cooked allowing the apples to be used in savory pork dishes or cooked with vegetables such as Brussel sprouts. They will keep up to six months when stored in a cool and dark place or in the refrigerator.
Salish™ apples were developed by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists and the Okanagan Plant Improvement Cooperation (PICO). The Salish™ apple is the result of a 31-year process which originated with eight-hundred unique crossbreed varieties that all contained genes from the two parent apples. The seedlings are then grown for 3-4 years, and the selection process begins to weed out inferior options as it has been reported that less than one percent of the seedlings have any potential of being a new marketable variety. Apple varieties, such as the Salish™, were graded on their texture, appearance, storage life, and flavor. Once they are carefully examined, only the marketable varieties are cultivated. Labeled as SPA493 during the testing, tasting, and growing process, the Salish™ apple was released in the fall of 2012.
Salish™ apples were developed in Summerland, British Columbia by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists in partnership with the Okanagan Plant Improvement Corporation (PICO) in 1981. Today they can be found at specialty markets in Canada and select regions in the United States.
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