Conventionally grown, low-residue, freshly harvested fruit. Export quality.
Great for snacks, salads and baking.
Skin: Vivid pink.
Flesh: Lily white.
Taste: Unique zingy sweet-tart flavour.
What do Pink Lady® apples taste like?
This sweet-tart apple has high sugars and high acids with a crisp bite and effervescent finish. It tends to fall more towards the tart side than sweet but is oh so refreshing! It has a beautiful, bright white flesh that is slow to oxidize (in other words, slow to brown) making it a wonderful apple to entertain with. This apple is also one of the main varieties used for pre-packaged apple slices. The Pink Lady® apple is extremely versatile and can be used for baking, snacking, salads, pairing, or for sauce.
Where did the Pink Lady® apple originate?
Pink Lady® apples were born down under in the 1970s under the cultivar name Cripps Pink (see below for more on the cultivar name!). A researcher named John Cripps, who worked for Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture, crossed the American classic Golden Delicious apple with a late-ripening and attractive red Australian apple called Lady Williams. The result: a beautifully vibrant pink-skinned apple with a unique flavor that would become a fan favorite around the world.
Where are Pink Lady® apples grown?
Pink Lady® apples are grown all over the world, but prefer environments that are hot, as this allows them to color beautifully. Stemilt decided that the Columbia Basin region (a region where many of their apple varieties grow) would be a perfect fit due its plentiful sunny, warm (sometimes hot) days, natural water sources and nutrient-rich volcanic soil. Pink Lady® has an incredibly long growing season – 200 days long!
Pink Lady® Apples was the first apple with a trademark!
Cripps Pink is the cultivar name, or name of the plant that grows Pink Lady® apples. Plants are patented to protect intellectual property, but because patents eventually run out, growers have opted to market them under a trademark, or brand name. Pink Lady® was the first apple to be awarded a trademarked name. Apples that are sold under the Pink Lady® brand name must meet high-quality standards and every apple that goes to market as a Pink Lady® must meet criteria for sugar content, firmness, colour and blemishes. Stemilt is proud to be one of the longest and leading growers of zippy Pink Lady® apples!
Other fun facts about Pink Lady® apples:
The apple is named after a cocktail! Apple breeder John Cripps loved the novel The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Montsarrat. In the book, the hero enjoys a cocktail called a “Pink Lady.”