I don’t know if my maw-maw ( grandmother ) ever ate Pink Lady apples, but I do know she was fond of saying “An apple a day helps keep the doctor away.” All these years later I still hear her saying that, whether or not I’m following her advice during any given year. Only in the past few months have I found organic Pink Lady apples. I’ve been bringing them home because my wife very much likes them, but I hadn’t had one until this morning. They’re certainly something to look at, as well as to eat.
Take a Look at That Pink Lady Apple
As the trademark name suggests, these robust organic apples are pink. They’re not entirely pink, although I’ve found several apples that were almost entirely pink. I look for the pinkest organic apples amongst the other ones, which are usually pink, with shades of light red and yellow mottled through them. My wife tells me she finds the pinker the apple the better it tastes.
Organic Pink Lady apples from Chile are robust in size. They’re noticeably larger and heavier than the very popular apple cultivar Red Delicious, and are giants compared to Fuji and Gala apples. For sure, shiny Red Delicious apples draw your eye, but what a pleasure it is to see the rarer organic Pink Lady apples amongst the other colored apples.
Don’t mistake Cripps Pink as the same apple as Pink Lady. Pink Lady apples are actually the Cripps Pink cultivar, but while it is similar in appearance and it’s actually the same variety, Pink Lady apples are the best of the crop. You see, the Pink Lady has standards.
Most of the Cripps Pink apples are sold as Cripps Pink, but the best Cripps Pink apples go on to become Pink Lady apples. If a Cripps Pink apple has an intense pink color, goodly amount of sugar and acid balance, it goes on to become a Pink Lady.
Get a Bite of That Pink Lady Apple
The pulp of an organic Pink Lady apple is pleasantly firm. Pink Lady apples don’t bruise easy either. I’ve very rarely seen a bruise on a Pink Lady apple. The center of the apple containing the seeds doesn’t take up too much of the apple, which means more apple flesh or pulp to be eaten. In fact, the area for the seeds is quite small for as large as is a Pink Lady apple.
I didn’t find the organic Pink Lady apple I ate to be especially sweet, but that’s not to say they aren’t sweet. They’re certainly tasty organic apples. The bite is crisp and the skin is easily chewed. What’s really remarkable is this last organic Pink Lady apple had been in the fruit bowl for about a month, yet tasted fresh and new.
Background of the Organic Pink Lady
The Pink Lady apple is a cross between Golden Delicious and Lady Williams apples, becoming the best of both apples. The Pink Lady loves the sun and therefore only grows well in hot climates, such as where it originates in Australia, and in other places around the world, mostly south of the equator. She also take an especially long time to grow, growing through the summer and into the autumn sun, where she finally blushes pink in front of you and me.
Orange Pippin, http://www.orangepippin.com/apples/pinklady
Cripps Pink, Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Lady_(apple)