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Apple Review: Lady Alice Apple

[Edit] Apparently, I first tried a Lady Alice on February 27, 2012. 😀 I’d forgotten!

Lady Alice doesn’t even have an Orange Pippin page yet, so here’s an article about it.

Parentage: The Lady Alice was an accident! In the late 1970s, a farmer inadvertently hit one of his Red Delicious trees with a plow blade. It grew another branch from that cut that bore fruit quite different from the rest of the tree. The Lady Alice, named after the farmer’s own mother, was born!

I found this apple at QFC in Port Gamble, WA on Friday, February 1, 2013. It was one of three (!) varieties I hadn’t tried, so I got one. It’s a US apple, though I don’t think it was Washington (the label didn’t say). I would have liked to try an organic one since they often use less of a wax coating. This apple is typically available March-May, but it’s been a mild winter here, so maybe they came around sooner. I’m not sure if it’s a Washington Apple or not.

Dense, flavorful, crisp flesh with a rounded, full-bodied sweetness with just a hit of tart. Mediam-grain feel to the flesh of it when bitten, a dryness in the mouth like the tannins in black tea or red wine. Reminds me just a bit of berries, and I think it might be tasty as cider. Smells like a sweet apple, not very strong-smelling. Medium-skinned, and a medium sized apple. Vibrant red-orange stripes and blush over a creamy yellow. White yellow flesh with no visible veins. Delicious, distinctive, and its taste combined with its history earns it its rating. If it were juicier, I’d have rated it a 5.

Rating: 4/5

1/5 This apple was terrible, and/or it clearly wasn’t meant for eating out-of-hand.
2/5 This apple was mediocre. It will do in a pinch (still better than no apple), but it’s nothing to write home about.
3/5 This apple was decent. I’d eat it again, but I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to get it.
4/5 This apple was pretty tasty. I would definitely eat it again; it isn’t my most favorite but it’s a more than acceptable apple.
5/5 This apple was scrumptious, and I must have more! There were extraordinary properties that made it stand out among other apples.

Really unfortunate moment in the aftertaste where it almost reminded me of the smell of Playdough, but I think that that was my brain and not the apple.