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Peche Melba

Why you should be excited

Peche Melba is an early season apple from Ireland that's remarkable for one thing: the colour of its skin and flesh.

The story of Peche Melba

We're sorry to disappoint, but this apple is neither French nor flavoured like a peach.

Yes, the name indicates otherwise, but you'll need to accept that the name relates only to the appearance of this apple -- pink and orange skin on the outside and peach-coloured  flesh on the inside -- and not to its place of origin or taste.

First discovered in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Peche Melba was brought to England in 1930, when it received its name and began catching people's eyes.

The colouring of this early apple appeals to many, but the taste really only works for those who like their apples tart. And eat 'em fast: this apple only keeps for a few weeks.

Peche Melba Facts

Its origins

Unknown origins in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Brought to England and named in 1930.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Don't be fooled by the name: this apple is extremely tart and tastes nothing like a peach, despite the peach colour of the skin.

Appearance

One-of-a-kind in appearance, with pink and orange-coloured skin.

When they’re available

Early season (usually in late August).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not really a cider apple, but could add some useful acid to a cider blend.

Keeping ability

Limited (a few weeks when kept refrigerated).