Introducing the beautiful Pink Lady® apple! It’s hard to overlook these eye-catching apples at the grocery store. With their stunning pink hue and flawless round shape, they certainly catch the attention of any apple enthusiast. So, what’s the story behind this lady apple? Let’s delve into it!
What are Pink Lady apples?
Cripps Pink is a type of apple known by the trade name Pink Lady. It was created through a breeding program conducted by John Cripps at the Western Australia Department of Agriculture, specifically the Stoneville Research Station. Cripps Pink is a result of crossing the Australian apple variety Lady Williams with the Golden Delicious apple. This combination brings together the desirable traits of both parent varieties. Cripps Pink apples have a firm texture and can be stored for extended periods, similar to Lady Williams. Additionally, they possess the sweetness of Golden Delicious and are less prone to storage scald, a condition that affects the quality of stored apples.
Origin of Pink Lady apples
Pink Lady® apples were created by John Cripps, an English horticulturist who relocated to Western Australia to work for the Department of Agriculture. After years of crossbreeding different types of apples, in the 1970s, Cripps successfully performed a natural cross between an Australian apple called Lady Williams and the renowned American golden delicious apple. The resulting apples displayed a distinct pink-blushed appearance, crisp flesh, and a delightful sweet-tart flavor.
In 1989, this new apple cultivar was officially named Cripps Pink in honor of its breeder. Over time, the best Cripps Pink apples with an ideal balance of sugar and acid content and vibrant coloring are protected and marketed separately. These premium-quality apples were branded as Pink Lady®, a registered trademark of Apple and Pear Australia Ltd. This branding distinction ensured that consumers could expect consistent quality while allowing growers to command higher prices for these specialty apples.
The popularity of Pink Lady® apples spread to the United States in the 1990s when they were licensed to growers under the supervision of Brandt’s Fruit Trees. Today, Pink Lady® apples are commercially grown in Washington state, USA, and various regions worldwide with warm climates and long growing seasons. These regions include Europe (such as France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom), Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, South America, and Mexico.
Pink Lady® apples are available through distributors, grocery stores, and farmer’s markets during their season. Their unique combination of visual appeal, crisp texture, and balanced flavor continues to make them a sought-after choice among apple enthusiasts worldwide.
Which country made Pink Lady apples?
John Cripps, a plant breeder from Australia, is credited with cross-breeding the first-ever Cripps Pink apple in 1973. He had the brilliant idea of combining the qualities of a Golden Delicious and a Lady Williams apple to create this delightful new variety. The finest apples from this cross-breeding project were then named Pink Lady®. Over time, additional apple varieties derived from the original Cripps Pink have been licensed under the Pink Lady® brand. However, only the highest-quality apples from these varieties are sold with the prestigious Pink Lady® heart-shaped seal of approval.
What do Pink Lady apples look like
Pink Lady® apples are small to medium-sized, typically 6 to 8 centimeters in diameter. They have a round shape, sometimes slightly asymmetrical, with a slanted base. The skin of these apples is glossy, smooth, and thin, with noticeable lenticels scattered across the surface. It has a yellow-green hue, with large patches of bright pink to red blush, which becomes darker when the apple is exposed to more sunlight.
Beneath the skin, the flesh of Pink Lady® apples is fine-grained, firm, and juicy. It has a dense and crisp texture and doesn’t turn brown quickly when exposed to air. The apple’s core contains dark brown, oval seeds surrounded by fibrous tissue.
Taste of Pink Lady apples
Pink Lady® apples are known for their high levels of acidity and sugar. They initially have a tart taste followed by a sweet, floral, honey-like finish. These apples’ edge also creates a refreshing and vibrant sensation on the palate, giving it an effervescent aftertaste.
Nutritional value of Pink Lady apples
PINK LADY® APPLES NUTRITION
We have compiled a series of apple nutrition charts to provide transparent information about the nutrients in apples. The table below outlines the nutritional value of an apple per 100g and the contribution a large apple makes to recommended intakes. Please note that the deals include the skin and exclude the core.
|Nutrients||Per 100g||Per Large Apple||Reference Intake (RI)*||% RI per Apple|
|Energy (kJ/kcal)||215 kJ / 51 kcal||327 kJ / 78 kcal||8400/2000||4%|
|Fat (g)||0.5 g||0.8 g||70 g||1%|
|Of which saturates (g)||0.1 g||0.2 g||20 g||1%|
|Carbohydrate (g)||11.6 g||17.6 g||260 g||7%|
|Of which sugars (g)||11.6 g||17.6 g||90 g||20%|
|Protein (g)||0.6 g||0.9 g||50 g||2%|
|Salt (g)||0 g||0 g||6 g||0%|
*Reference Intakes (RIs) indicate the total recommended intake of nutrients. Reference Intakes replaced Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) and provided information for an average adult regardless of age or gender.
How much fibre is in an apple?
“There is no specific recommended daily intake for fiber, but Public Health England suggests consuming around 30g of fiber per day. Based on this report, a large apple contains approximately 1.8g of fiber, contributing to about 6% of the recommended fiber intake from Public Health England.
Most fiber and other essential nutrients are found in the skin. Therefore, to maximize the potential health benefits, consuming the entire apple, including the skin, is necessary.
What vitamins are in apples?
|Vitamins||Per 100 g||Per Large Apple||Nutrient Reference Value* (NRV)||% NRV per Apple|
|Vitamin A (mcg)||2 mcg||3 mcg||800 mcg||<1%|
|Vitamin E (mg)||0.09 mg||0.14 mg||12 mg||1%|
|Vitamin K (mcg)||5.6 mcg||8.5 mcg||75 mcg||11%|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) (mg)||0.04 mg||0.06 mg||1.1 mg||5%|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) (mg)||0.04 mg||0.06 mg||1.4 mg||4%|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin) (mg)||0.1 mg||0.15 mg||16 mg||<1%|
|Vitamin B6 (mg)||0.07 mg||0.11 mg||1.4 mg||8%|
|Pantothenic Acid (mg)||0.1 mg||0.15 mg||6 mg||3%|
|Biotin (mcg)||1.1 mg||1.7 mg||50 mg||3%|
|Vitamin C (mg)||6 mg||9 mg||80 mg||11%|
*Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) provides information for an average adult regardless of age or gender.
APPLE MINERAL CONTENT
|Minerals||Per 100 g||Per Large Apple||Nutrient Reference Value* (NRV)||% NRV per Apple|
|Potassium (mg)||100 mg||152 mg||2000 mg||8%|
|Calcium (mg)||5 mg||8 mg||800 mg||1%|
|Magnesium (mg)||4 mg||6 mg||375 mg||2%|
|Phosphorus (mg)||8 mg||12 mg||700 mg||2%|
|Iron (mg)||0.1 mg||0.1 mg||14 mg||<1%|
|Copper (mg)||0.03 mg||0.05 mg||1 mg||5%|
|Manganese (mg)||0.04 mg||0.06 mg||2 mg||3%|
|Iodine||4 mg||6 mg||150 mg||4%|
*Nutrient Reference Value (NRV) provides information for an average adult regardless of age or gender.
When are Pink Lady apples in season?
Pink Lady® apples are known for their hardiness and ability to be stored for long periods in Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Storage. This storage method allows us to enjoy Pink Lady® apples nearly year-round! The regular Pink Lady® apple season runs from October to July, while the organic Pink Lady® apple season extends from October to June. To keep any variety of apples fresh after purchase, storing them unwashed in the refrigerator until just before eating is recommended. When ready to enjoy them, wash them quickly with cold water and savor their delicious flavor!
What are the health benefits of lady apples?
Lady apples, specifically Cripps Pink, are rich in vitamin C, which helps eliminate free radicals that can damage cells and contribute to cancer. Studies have shown that compounds in apple peels can help combat cancer cells in the breast, liver, and colon.
Additionally, the high vitamin C content and antioxidants in lady apples can prevent the formation of free radicals that cause oxidative stress and fatigue.
Boosting the immune system
The immune system is crucial in protecting the body from germs and microorganisms. Like Pink Lady, Lady apples contain vitamin C, which supports the function of immune cells and promotes the skin’s ability to fight pathogens.
Lowering the risk of diabetes
Controlling carbohydrate intake is essential for preventing and managing diabetes. Lady apples have a moderate amount of carbohydrates and a good amount of fiber. The fiber in lady apples helps reduce the absorption of carbs, preventing spikes in blood sugar levels. Research suggests that a high-fiber diet can protect against type 2 diabetes.
Effective weight loss support
Lady apples are an excellent choice for those looking to lose weight. They are low in calories but high in fiber, which keeps you feeling full for longer. The ursolic acid in apple skin helps reduce fat accumulation, increase calorie burning, promote muscle building, and reduce long-term fat storage.
Lady apples, including Cripps Pink, contain pectin, which helps control food odors and promotes saliva production. Saliva has antibacterial properties that can eliminate the bacteria responsible for bad breath. Chewing apples also increases friction with teeth and reduces plaque buildup.
Enhancing skin health
Lady apples contain collagen and elastin, which can improve the appearance of your skin, making it brighter and healthier. The antioxidants in apples also help slow aging and increase skin resilience.
Why are Pink Lady apples so expensive?
Pink Lady® apple cultivation demands more time and specialized expertise than other apple varieties. It is known to be the first apple to bloom and the last to harvest. This extended ripening period necessitates constant presence and attention from the producer. From the initial planting of the trees to the final stages of harvesting and packaging, meticulous care is essential. In fact, sorting and packing lines are intentionally slowed down by 20-30% to closely monitor and ensure the utmost quality of the fruit.
What to make with Pink Lady apples?
Pink Lady® apples are known for their crisp, sweet, and tangy flavor, making them perfect for fresh and cooked dishes. Here are some ways you can enjoy these delicious apples:
- Fresh: Pink Lady® apples are great for eating straight out of hand. Their effervescent taste makes them a popular choice.
- Salads and Cheese Boards: The crisp texture of pink Lady® apples makes them an excellent addition to salads and cheese boards. They don’t oxidize quickly, so they will stay white when sliced.
- Sliced Toppings: For extra flavor, slice the apples thinly and sprinkle them over tacos or place them on flatbreads.
- Salsa, Slaws, and Fruit Bowls: Chop Pink Lady® apples and use them in salsa, slaws, or fruit bowls for a refreshing and tangy twist.
- Baked Goods: Pink Lady® apples retain their shape and sweetness when baked, making them ideal for tarts, cakes, pies, muffins, clafoutis, and scones. You can layer them into tiramisu or stuff them with dried fruits and nuts.
- Savory Dishes: Pink Lady® apples can also be used in delicious recipes. They complement roasted meats, root vegetables, and grains. Try mincing and stuffing them into dumplings or skewering them onto kebabs for a unique flavor.
- Apple-based Condiments: Puree Pink Lady® apples to make applesauce with a light pink hue. You can also simmer them into preserves, apple butter, or syrups.
- Pairings: Pink Lady® apples pair well with various ingredients, including meats (steak, poultry, pork, turkey), seafood, nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds), cheeses (Swiss, gorgonzola, goat, cheddar, feta, Monterey jack), lemongrass, fruits (watermelon, coconut, strawberry, mango), salted caramel, vanilla, and dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, cherries).
Store whole, unwashed Pink Lady® apples in the refrigerator’s crisper drawer to keep them fresh for up to two weeks. In professional cold storage, they can be kept for extended periods throughout the year.
Discover the exquisite taste of Pink Lady® apples at Farm to Palm supermarket! These visually stunning apples offer a crisp texture and a delightful sweet-tart flavor. By purchasing them, you treat yourself to a delicious snack and support local growers and sustainable agriculture. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy the unique flavor and health benefits of Pink Lady® apples. Visit Farm to Palm today!