Cripps Pink is another apple that I consider a great all-around apple. An excellent eating apple with a light tart flavor with a zing. Great in applesauce and for baking too. These are our best storing apple in my opinion.
If anyone is confused, Cripps Pink is the exact same thing as Pink Lady. We were told we need to be calling it Cripps Pink over Pink Lady since we have less than 1000 trees of them. So that's that :)
Earl's Organic Produce blog explained it well with this summary below:
To clear up any confusion, Cripps Pink apples and Pink Lady apples are the exact same apple with the same pink color and quality. The only difference is that Pink Lady® is a registered trademark of the Pink Lady Apple Association. Pink Lady® was one of the first apples to be marketed under a specific brand name rather than by its variety name.
The Cripps Pink apple and Pink Lady apple are a cross between a Golden Delicious apple and a Lady Williams apple. John Cripps from Australia crossed the two varieties in 1973 and that is why they are called Cripps Pink apple and/or Pink Lady apple. When you are out shopping, keep in mind that they are the same apple variety.
For some reason they don't have as much of a pink blush this year. I'm guessing because they are ripe so early this year and usually an apple colors up well when the weather is cooler.
And FYI, we planted a whole new row of these so in a couple years we will have 2 rows total!
This is what www.specialtyproduce.com had to say about Rome apples:
Rome apples are one of the best cooking apples on the market. Their dense flesh holds up well when baked making them perfect for use in pies, cakes, breads and cookies. Their flavor is enhanced as well, becoming sweeter and exceptionally rich when cooked. Try in both savory and sweet cooked preparations. Chop and add to stuffing and quiche. Roast alongside meat and root vegetables. Add diced Rome apple to pancake batter or use as a filling for tarts. They can be slow cooked and pureed to make sauces and soups. Rome apples are a choice apple when making baked apples, as they will retain their round shape even when hollowed, stuffed and baked.
Rome apple are also good keepers.
I'd be curious if anyone tries baking pies with Rome and Granny Smith and which they like better. Sounds like something I need to try!
Apples Still Available:
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Melrose, Ruby Jon, Red Delicious and some Jonathon.
Jonagold apples are all gone, sad to say.
Apples Coming Up:
Fuji, Gold Rush