In the winter of new apple varietites (see bottom for list) to try, you can now add the Lady Alice apple to the list. The Lady Alice has an interesting story behind it. It was discovered by Don Emmons in his farm outside of Gleed, Washington. In the year 1979, he was culivating his orchard, when a disc from this plow hit at the bottom of a red delicious tree. The tree send out another branch which did not look like the rest of the tree. The fruit it would go on to produce was also very different than a red delicious. This new variety was thus created by accident, so the actual parents of this apple are a mystery. Upon looking at the apple it has some yellow patches that look like a Golden Delicious.

So now onto the important part, the taste. It is a sweet apple with just a hint of tartness. I felt it tasted much like a honeycrisp, just not as crispy, but still quite crisp. It’s great for out of hand eating. I haven’t used in any baking applications, so I don’t know how it would work for that. They recently became available at Kroger, Meijer, and Whole Foods stores in the Great Lakes area.

For your viewing pleasure I included a video below about this amazing apple:

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  1. Kim April 24, 2011, 4:44 pm

    You might also want to mention that this variety doesn’t turn brown very quickly. I’ve sliced them up in the morning, sent them to school in my daughter’s lunch, and what she doesn’t eat comes home looking almost like it did when I first cut it.

  2. admin April 24, 2011, 5:37 pm

    Thanks for pointing that out!

  3. eris June 8, 2011, 10:39 pm

    The origin story is pretty interesting. It appears that Lady Alice is the fruit of some unknown rootstock Emmons used for Red Delicious in his orchard. Neat!

  4. chris February 20, 2012, 6:24 am

    i just picked some at at the local grocers. Very very delicious. Definitely has the appeal of my favorite, the Honey Crisp. :)

  5. Jim T February 27, 2012, 12:27 pm

    Just finished eating a Lady Alice apple and it certainly was delicious. And I’d eat one any day over a Honey Crisp, which I consider to be an overrated apple. I really hope these apples become more available in the future. The Meijer store I shop at had them a couple of weeks ago, but have since sold out.

  6. Wanda Willis March 6, 2012, 3:52 am

    I’d read about these apples a year ago and kept looking for them even asking friends to keep me posted when/if they found them. Yesterday I was at Kroger and saw a large display of them even a bin filled with them. I was excited but not having had them or hearing from friends as to their taste, etc. I only bought one.

    I’m on my way back to Kroger today to buy MORE!!!!!

    I did check out Rainier’s fruit website for Lady Alice. http://www.rainierfruit.com/products/variety.html?varietyid=5

    They have a recipe for Lady Alice Apple Squash soup, which I do plan on making this week.

    I just watched a PBS DVD which tells the history and cultivation of apples, among other food plants. This might add a new view on the creation of this new apple variety. Nonetheless, it’s a fascinating DVD.

    “A Plant’s-Eye View of the world: The Botany of Desire” – Michael Pollan

  7. Charlotte March 6, 2012, 8:09 am

    I heard that these apples were really good, so I purchased two of them last week at my local Schnuck’s store. They were a bit more expensive then the McIntosh that I had been buying, so I just got the two so I could try them. I think these are the best apples I have had in a long time. They are crisp, sweet, with just a hint of tartness. I hope they will be available on a consistent basis.

  8. admin March 6, 2012, 9:30 am

    I am glad you like the apple, hope that recipe works out for you. I will have to check out that DVD, sounds interesting.

  9. admin March 6, 2012, 9:32 am

    Glad you found them. The apple is something you are not going to find year around, just mainly in the winter months, so enjoy them while you can.

  10. Ryann March 23, 2012, 1:36 pm

    I felt they had a hint of starchiness to their taste, almost potato-like. I love honeycrisps but here in San Antonio they want a ridiculous price per pound. I only eat supercrisp apples, after letting these chill for several hours in the fridge they were perfect for me! Thank you for sharing :)

  11. Paul April 1, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Just had a few Lady Alice apples sold here in Jacksonville, FL and had to find out more about them. Great taste, almost pear-like in sweetness and flavor, yet also a bit of tartness. I am sure that apple lovers will love this variety.

  12. Dana May 2, 2012, 11:02 am

    I’m NOT a friut eater.BUT bought a bag at Sams (in northwest Fl) for visiting granddaughters..I have now eaten 2BAGS myself!
    The BEST APPLE EVER!! Now, I have to wait ’til winter for MORE???
    I WILL WAIT!!!

  13. Amanda February 11, 2013, 2:29 pm

    I am late to jump on the bandwagon, I just found (and heard) of these apples, my reason for buying them was because my favorite apple (Pink Lady’s) were sold out at my local produce center.. So I thought I would try it. I love them, they are definitely in my top two, and I eat a lot of apples and many varieties :) . I will point out though, that I do not care for Honey Crisp apples, mainly because they taste watery IMHO.. And thanks to the OP for the background, if I were to have known the story previously I may not have bought them, because the only apple I do not like (at all) are red delicious.

  14. Eric Samuelson February 12, 2013, 8:32 am

    Better late than never. Welcome aboard. Glad you found that apple and decided to buy it.

  15. michelle March 21, 2013, 9:24 am

    I live on long island, ny and i just found these apples at King Kullen, omg i love them i think they have bit of an anise under tone to them. i hope we get them every year.

  16. Frances McFeeters March 21, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Where can I buy Lady Alice apples in the Fort Smith Arkansas area? Thank you, Frances