Usually the first summer apple picked each August, Paula Red is pleasingly tart.  For many apple lovers, Paula Red is their favorite.  Some say its taste has overtones of strawberries or pears.

Paula Reds are a round to squattish apple that’s bright-red over a yellow background, sometimes with tan patches.  It was discovered in the Fruit Ridge area northwest of Grand Rapids – also home to Riveridge – in 1960, and named after the grower’s wife, Pauline.  The apple debuted on the market about eight years later.

Paula Reds are rated as great for snacking, salads and applesauce.

It’s definitely a summer apple, so better buy it before they’re all gone!