Pink Lady

Flavor: Crisp, mild tartness with notes of cantaloupe and honeydew

Approximate Ripening: Late October

Uses: Eating

Trivia: Pink Lady has the distinction of being one of the first apples to be marketed under a specific brand name rather than by its variety name–Cripps Pink.  Pink Lady (then Cripps Pink) was developed in 1973 by John Cripps at the Western Australia Department of Agriculture.  It is a cross between Golden Delicious and a dark red Australian variety called Lady Williams.

Notes: If you appreciate apples for the color they bring to a dish or a room, you simply must keep some Pink Lady on hand.  No other apple has such distinctive pink coloring.  When you’re done displaying it, crack into its crispy skin and enjoy the tart flavor that carries light melon notes.