Even thought fall has long come to an end, new apple varieties are still showing up in the stores.
Why is that?
Apples are held in cold storage after the harvest for a period of time.
Sometimes that is done because the apple actually improves in flavor in storage. Other times, it’s about marketing, and scheduling the perfect time to realize an apple.
Lady Alice apples might actually fall into both categories. I can tell you for sure that when it comes to eating apples in the winter, Lady Alice reigns supreme.
The Story of the Lady Alice Apple
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 cultivating his orchard, when a disc from this plow hit at the bottom of a red (un)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 – that’s a good thing!
This new variety was thus created by a happy accident. 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, maybe they are involved.
What Does a Lady Alice Apple Taste Like?
Here is what you really want to know, what does a Lady Alice taste like?
Lady Alice is a sweet apple, yet coyingly tart, kind of in the Honeycrisp range. The taste is rich, with fruity notes and hints of vanilla.
Lady Alice reminds me of some of my favorite hard to find heirloom varieties, yet it isn’t one itself. It’s an old school flavor you don’t find in modern apples.
It doesn’t have the same crunch aspect as a Honeycrisp in it’s prime, but it’s still a very crisp, solid apple, that doesn’t go mealy for months.
Lady Alice is one of my favorite out of hand eating experiences.
The Best Apple to Eat in the Winter
With years of experience now of eating Lady Alice apples during the winter months, I can in all confidence say that they are the best apple to eat in the winter.
No apple has the flavor and crunch at the grocery store during that time of year than Lady Alice. By then, Honeycrisp apples have gone downhill and are no longer worth buying.
When are Lady Alice Apples in Season?
Lady Alice apples are harvested in the fall, and then released to stores later.
Typically I find Lady Alice apples beginning to show up in January. However in 2018, I found them at stores much earlier in November.
The latest I have seen Lady Alice is in April or I think even early May. Once summer hits, they are no where to be found.
Where to Buy Lady Alice Apples
Here is a list of stores that I have known for sure have carried Lady Alice apples. Check with each store for availability.
Leave a comment below to tell us where you are finding them.
- Whole Foods Market
- Sam’s Club
- Trader Joe’s
Are Lady Alice Apples Different from Pink Lady Apples?
We have had people asking if Lady Alice and Pink Lady are the same apple. They are indeed very different varieties. Both are crisp, but Pink Lady has more tartness to it. The color isn’t the same as Lady Alice doesn’t have any shades of pink. It’s more red, yellow, and orange in color.
Can You Bake with Lady Alice Apples?
To be honest, I have never tried. I would eat all of them while preparing them for a recipe!
Lady Alice will hold up when you bake them. They do have some tartness to them, but I still prefer to use a more tart apple when baking anything with apples.
Have you tried this apple? What did you think? Leave a comment below telling us. Be a helper and share where you found it. You may make someone’s day with your insider info on where to get them! If you are a true apple lover, you’ll want to check out all of our apple reviews.