Pink Lady

(striped and sweet)


Comes from Australia and is a natural cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams.  Lady Williams is an Australian apple, discovered as a chance seedling in the 1930s.  This apple was called after Mrs Maud Williams on whose station it was found – Maud changed into Lady reputedly after some children found her name difficult to say.
Cripps Pink is the same apple but the less than perfect specimens.  This particular sample was found in Somerfield in Freshwater IOW inApril and was imported from the USA.

Large, tall, oblong/conical, flattened base and apex.  Surface very waxy and shiny, hammered feel.  Pale light green/yellow with pink flush giving a bi-colour effect. Ripens to an all over crimson/pink flush.  All slightly one side when standing on apex.
Lenticels large and conspicuous pale dots, pale on flush, dark on green.
A ‘Barbie doll apple’ veryshiny and looks like plastic.

Cavity deep and narrow, small amount of russet
Stalk thin for size of apple, below cavity or missing
Basin deep and wide, skin pulled into Eye, even when the pink flush covers the rest of the apple the Basin remains yellow
Eye closed
Sepals broad with long pointed tips, downy
Flesh cream/white, slightly pink/red tinge under flush.  Tastes surprisingly sharp, crisp, juicy, not subtle.

Tube cone, Stamens median to basal, Core axile

Tree very vigorous

Flowering two days before Cox’s Orange Pippin, flowers over a long period

Season ; picked October to November in USA, on sale December to May