I am amazed by the amount of unique things you can find in the apple world. I have recently been able to get a hold of some heirloom apples that don't look the apples most people are use to. One of those apples is the Thornberry. It has a yellow color skin with pink blush. But the inside is what is most interesting. The flesh is a vivid pink color! I have heard that the trees also produce really pretty purplish-pink blossoms.
The apple originated in Whitethorn, California. It ripens right around the beginning of October. The apple is trademarked by Greenmantle Nursery. It is actually considered to be in the crap apple family.
My Experience with this Apple (Rating Scale 1-10)
Tartness : 9
Apple Flavor: 7
Overall Feeling: For those that like to eat tart apples, this one is a good choice. It's tart, but pleasantly so. They also have a really nice flavor, slightly berry like. The downfall is that it's not a very juicy apple, so the texture is a little dry.
Alana Mautone (@RamblinGarden)
I live in upstate NY, and visited the Ithaca, NY farmers market this Saturday. There was a stand selling heirloom apples, and I was able to taste several varieties including the Thornberry. The flesh was fascinating, as I had never eaten an apple with pink-red flesh. I found the flavor nice although it was a little too tart for my taste.