Blushing and crisp

Pink lady apple

Illustration by Maria Ratinova

A pink lady sounds more like a cocktail—which it is, based on gin. It’s also a trademarked brand of apple of the Australian Cripps Pink varietal. These rosy beauties carry their color on the outside, with a blushing pink skin, but have a bright white interior. Pink Ladies stay on the tree longer than other apples, developing a dense flesh with distinct tartness. They resist browning when cut, so they make great additions to cheese plates and fruit salads. Maybe you could stage a Pinktober party, with Pink Lady cocktails, apples and retro Pink Panther movies in the background.