Everyone at Farmers To You knew the Pink Lady was back last week because its incredible aroma was everywhere! This lovely apple is very juicy and flavorful, with a crisp bite and effervescent finish. Slow to brown, this is a great apple for lunchboxes and salads, and the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Also known as Cripps Pink.
Store in the refrigerator.
What makes Champlain Orchards apples taste so fresh? Science, of course! Apples are picked and then stored in special controlled-atmosphere vaults (Champlain Orchards has 15) until they are ready to be shipped to customers. This means that, unlike a regular grocery store apple - which was picked, then packed, then stored, then trucked, then stored some more, then put out on display - our apples were removed from a specially controlled atmosphere on Monday, then packed for you by us on Tuesday. Please do put them into your refrigerator when you get them; you can expect them to taste right-off-the-tree for two weeks at least.
Bill and Andrea at Champlain Orchards are committed to ecological practices and are Eco-Apple certified. Due to the challenges of our Northeast climate, organic certification of apples is incredibly difficult. Their apples are never sprayed; only in the flowering stage are the trees treated using Integrated Pest Management to cut down on the risk of scab. No chemical pesticides are used on the orchards.
It's easier to find local, Massachusetts Pink Lady apples in season, but during the winter, most supermarket versions are mediocre in flavor. So it's so great to have access to these, which are beautifully flavored.
So flavorful, and almost too sweet at times. But of course my kiddo would argue there's no such thing! These are among his favorite apples, and we've tried almost every variety FTY has offered. Goes excellent with nut butters for a filling snack.
An absolute staple in our household, my kids would riot without them! Tart, sweet and excellent for eating out of hand or baked.