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Pink Lady®

Pink Lady® is one of America’s sweethearts.  Apple lovers describe it as ravishing, sensational and a “go to” apple.  It’s all that.

The Lady’s distinctive red skin has an almost neon-pink glow that’s distinctive among all apples.  Sometimes its skin has a natural slightly dimpled appearance.  Flesh is white to creamy-yellow and is surprisingly firm yet juicy.  Its taste is deliciously tart with a hint of sweet.

Pink Lady® was developed in the 1970s in Western Australia by John Cripps, who named it Cripps Pink.  It’s a cross between Golden Delicious and the lesser-known Lady Williams.

In recent years, savvy marketers began sorting out the very best Cripps Pinks and selling them under the registered brand Pink Lady®.  By either name, this apple is usually mid-size.  It’s harvested late in the season and stores well.

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Bacon, Lettuce, Apple Bites



  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 2 heads bibb lettuce
  • 1/2 lb. sliced sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 Pink Lady® apple, cut julienne
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 4 10-inch flour tortillas

Toss apples with lemon juice.  Cook bacon in large skillet till crisp. Drain on paper towel. Spread 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise on each tortilla.  Divide cheddar cheese, lettuce, bacon and apples between each tortilla. Roll tightly.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.  Slice into ½” rounds and serve.

Apple-Cheddar Panini



  • 2 Pink Lady® apples, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices whole wheat bread
  • 2 Tbsp. honey mustard
  • 8 slices (approx. 8 oz.) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 thin slices deli roasted turkey

Preheat the panini press or grill. Spread the honey mustard evenly over each slice of bread.  Layer apple slices, cheese and turkey over 4 slices of the bread.  Top each with the remaining bread slices.

Lightly coat the press or grill with vegetable cooking spray.  Grill each sandwich for approx. 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted.  Remove from pan and cut in half.