In this month’s Apple Spotlight, we will talk about the delicious Pink Lady apple. This varietal features a smooth, glossy, chewy, and thin skin showcasing a yellow-green hue offset by large patches of red blush to bright pink. Its dense and crisp consistency has an initially tart taste followed up by a honeyed, sweet, and floral finish. Due to its acidity, you will also enjoy a refreshing “fizz-like” sensation for a nice effervescent aftertaste.

Pink Ladies are harvested in late fall through early winter, and can be stored for long periods of time. In fact, when stored in climate controlled coolers, they can stay fresh from fall through early summer.

Fun Facts About Pink Lady Apples

  • With its high sugar and acid content, the Pink Lady has a crisp bite that’s a bit more on the tart side than the sweet side.
  • Its bright white flesh is slow to oxidize, which means it doesn’t brown as quickly as other apples. This makes a great sliced snack to send to school with the kids or to entertain with. As such, this is often the type of apple you will see in pre-packaged apple slices at the store.
  • This versatile apple can be used for snacking, baking, salads, pairing, or as a sauce (a pretty pink sauce actually!).
  • Pink Lady® apples were created in the 1970s when researcher John Cripps, working for Western Australia’s Department of Agriculture, decided to cross the American classic Golden Delicious with the late-ripening red Australian apple known as Lady Williams. The result was a vibrant pink-skinned apple boasting a unique flavor. The Pink Lady came to the USA in the late 1990s.
  • The Pink Lady has a very long growing season – 200 days in fact.
  • The Pink Lady was named after a cocktail. John Cripps, renowned apple breeder, was big fan of the novel “The Cruel Sea” by Nicholas Montsarrat, in which the hero has a “Pink Lady” cocktail.
  • This apple is rich in antioxidants, which protect your cells from free radical damage. Also, one medium-sized apple contains four grams of fiber to support a healthy digestive system.
  • A medium-sized apple is just 70 to 80 calories.

Stock Up on Pink Ladies and More at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery

Craving some Pink Lady apples right about now? We have them and many more apples, so visit Robinette’s today for fruit, baked goods, cider, or even some fruit wine. To learn more, call us at (800) 400-8100 today.