Pink Lady- surprisingly good
This year was more like a Z5 season as far as the arrival of spring here- I'm on the cusp between 5 and 6, at any rate. I got my first crop of Pink Ladies and I was worried they wouldn't ripen enough to get top quality as Nov. turned cold early- unlike previous several years.
I kept them on the tree as long as I could but even while the apples were firm he leaves were pretty much dead by frost (temps below 20) so I picked them the second week of Nov. After a couple of weeks in storage they sweetened up into a very nice sweet tart apple with a unique and appealing texture.. They are extremely beautiful on the tree with that wonderful pink color.
This is an extremely grower friendly apple- sizes up fast but also fruits young with a very good branching habit. It has reasonable disease resistance and is amongst the healthiest trees in my nursery. Mine are all on 111 and they fruit as quickly as Goldrush while maintaining higher vigor. At t his point I recommend it, but it seems more suited for fresh eating than cooking.