I have known about Cameo apples (sometimes referred to as American Cameo) for several years, but I keep missing reviewing them for the blog. But no anymore. This late season apple that is among the most pretty was discovered as a chance seeding. It wasn’t intentionally bred. It was found in an orchard in Dryden, Washington not far from Red Delicious and Golden Delicious trees. It is believed that these are the parents of this apple, but it has not been confirmed. The apple is one of the most stunning. It has streaks of red, orange, and pink in it’s skin. It has been gaining in popularity and it now among the top apples grown in the state of Washington.
The apple is picked later in the season after it’s likely parents, Golden and Red Delicious. As the tendency with later apples, Cameos store well and keep their crisp texture long after other apples have gone mealy. Due to their similarity to Galas in appearance and sweetness, I know at least one farmer who stores them until they have sold out of Galas (which do not keep as well) for the season.
Check out this video from a grower in Brewster, Washington:
My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)
Overall Feeling: These apples can be a mixed bag, they aren’t always as great tasting as they look. I got some really big ones recently they were just bland. I would opt for the smaller ones that have a nice sweet flavor, reminding me of Gala, but better. The sweetness of these apples make them a good choice for adding to homemade applesauce so that additional sugar is not needed.
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.