The Rosy colored apple that has some of the most famous parents in the apple world. Does this apple outshine it's parents, or is it destined to live in their shadow?
Nothing piques my attention more than learning there is a new apple out there to try.
I never get tired of taking my first ever bite into a brand new variety or an heirloom that has been around long before I was born.
Today were on talking about a new variety that is among several released by the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) in recent years. It's called MAIA11 or it's better commercial name - Rosalee.
This apple was created by crossing together a Honeycrisp apple and a Fuji apple. This isn't the first time I have found an apple that has been crossed between these two. When two apples are crossed together it doesn't always produce the same exact result just as my children are all different from one another.
RELATED - Learn about the Evercrisp apple, another Fuji and Honeycrisp cross.
The apple is a mix of pink tones with light yellow or greenish color. If the apple got more sun it will be darker pink to the point of being red. The apple most resembles a Fuji in appearance. The sizing of the apples I tried were more typical of a Fuji too.
You will find some small white spots on the apple's skin. It was a distinguishing feature that helped me tell it apart from a similar looking apple I purchased at the same time.
Here is what I thought when I had this apple for the first time.
It's a solid apple. Better than a Fuji for sure. It's a very juicy apple with a floral like flavor. I would more recommend it for Fuji fans than Honeycrisp fans.
Too sweet for my taste! But crisp and juicy.My tart apple loving daughter
I did notice that the quality was not consistent. Some apples had good flavor and others were bland. This could be that it's a new apple and that trees aren't at their peak of production when it comes to flavor. I am interested to see how the apple tastes in future years from more mature trees.
Eating Tips - I tasted two different Rosalee side by side. One had more dark pink/red tones in the skin and the other was less colorful. The one with the better color had much more flavor. The apple that wasn't very colorful was kind of bland. For more on getting how to know when an apple is perfect to eat, check out this post
🛒 Where to Buy
Here are all the locations that I know of where you can find Rosalee apples. Make sure to leave a comment below if you know any additional orchards.
- Johnston Fruit Farm (Swanton, Ohio)
- Rittman Orchards and Farm Market (Doylestown, Ohio)
- White House Fruit Farm (Canfield, Ohio)
- Hidden Gem Orchard (Southbury, CT)
- Sage's Apples (Chardon, Ohio)
- Kuipers Family Farm (Maple Park, IL)
- Depot Farm Market (Courtland, KS)
- Crane Orchards (Fennville, MI)
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