I love presenting people with new fruit that makes them go wow. An apple that is dark pink on the inside said definitely will produce that reaction. I shared a Pink Pearl apple with some co-workers a little while ago. I love the look of shock and awe on their faces when I sliced open this green-yellow transparent looking apple. They were expecting that familiar white color, instead a brilliant red hue was before them. I think the flavor took them by surprise too, more on that in moment.

Pink Pearl was developed by Albert Etter in 1944 in northern California. It ripens right around the end of August, so it’s a summer apple. The ones I purchased were grown under the Viva Terra label. They grow organic fruit on the west coast.

My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)
Crispiness: 7
Tartness : 7
Apple Flavor: 7
Sweetness: 5
Juiciness: 5

Overall Feeling: This apple has a unique tart flavor with enough sweetness to allow for out of hand eating. The apple is not as juicy as a lot of the varieties that dominate grocery store shelves. That unique flavor that surprised my co-workers, should keep you on the look out for this variety. These apples are also good for cooking. The color is not lost when heat is introduced to these apples. Make applesauce with these and it will turn out pink! You could also dry these apples.

The Niedzwetzkyana variety is another apple that is not the traditional white on the inside. Check out my review of this apple.

Here are some other unique apple varieties to check out:
Kiku
Spitzenberg
Pinata

Here are some apple related kitchen tools I recommend:
Amco Dial-A-Slice Adjustable Apple Corer and Slicer : Allows you to slice apples into either 8 or 16 pieces
Zyliss Soft Skin Peeler : The best peeler I have ever owned. Does a great job peeling an apple.
Mirro Foley 2-Quart Stainless Steel Food Mill : A great tool for making your own applesauce. You can make the sauce without having to do any peeling.

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  1. Marcy September 10, 2012, 10:56 am

    Heya, did you find these apples anywhere around here? I’d like to try some. Thanks for your blog.

  2. Eric Samuelson September 10, 2012, 8:52 pm

    I got mine at Plum Market in Ann Arbor. They had them at all 3 of their stores. I am not sure if they still have any, they weren’t suppose to last that long. Alber Orchard in Manchester grows them, however they lost their crop of them this year along with all their heirloom varieties.

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