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Pink Pearl apple

We are grateful to Nigel Deacon, a UK enthusiast of red and pink-fleshed apples for the following details:

From the noted California plant breeder Albert Etter in 1944. Bright pink flesh; light pink blossoms. The fruit is crisp with a sweet/tart flavor, conical shape; skin is a creamy pale green. Parent is red-fleshed Surprise. This apple was the Etter Surprise hybrid singled out for patenting and official introduction in the mid 1940s. Good flavour but is very tart for a dessert apple; almost a cooker.

More details on Nigel's website.

Last updated 17 Aug 2014.

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Current rating: 3.9 out of 5. Total votes cast: 14

Visitor comments

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13 Aug 2013 
I have grafted several Pink Pearl but lost them because I kept them in containers. I finally got one in the ground going on 8 yrs. I topped out at about 12ft letting branches bend down from weight of apples then start a new leader above these, keeping center as open as possible. Bears every year but does seem to have a larger crop every other yr. I havest earlier than I should to beat the birds (mid- July ) same season as Grav. , but also like a crisper apple, gets mealy if too old either on tree or in storage. Tip bearing. some scab I don't spray. Flesh color my be redder with more heat. Elv. 2100 to 2200 Nev. Co. Dry hot summers irrigated. Cool to cold winters

14 May 2013 
I planted Pink Pearl last year and was delighted to get a few fruits. The flavor and texture is sweet tart and crunchy. Love it! I am really looking forward to see how many I get this year (looks to be a better apple year). I live in the sunbelt in a coastal micro-climate and so far my tree has not had any problems. I plan on planting another one next year so I can have all the pink applesauce and cider want. Yum!

17 Oct 2012 
This cultivar bears fairly large fruit with pale yellowish skin and bright rose flesh. The flavor is awesome - tart and sweet with a bit of tannin if picked early (before yellowish-pink blush on fruit develops). It requires regular watering during the summer at my location, a valley 50 miles from the coast with a cool Mediterranean climate, on a south facing hillside with relatively thin soil. It is vigorous cultivar, somewhat prone to scab. I am planning to plant another row on seedling rootstock.

15 Oct 2012 
Lovely apple, inside and out. Tart with just enough sweet to be refreshing--like a sweet lemonade. Bought it for the novelty but would buy it again for the great flavor.

30 Sep 2011 
We enjoy this very tart small apple for its flavor and intense hot pink flesh. It is in a cool coastal zone and moderately infected with apple brown spot each year and we must spray with horticultural oil several times.

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A pink-fleshed apple developed by Californian enthusiast Albert Etter in the 1940s.

Pink Pearl phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Surprise
  • Originates from: California, United States
  • Introduced: 1944
  • Developed by: Albert Etter
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1601


  • Fruit colour: Red / Orange flush
  • Flesh colour: Pale Pink or Red


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Average
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Vitamin C content: High


  • Flowering period: Very early season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949

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References and further reading about this variety

Pink Pearl identification photos from website visitors

Pink Pearl
Pink Pearl

Pink Pearl blossom
Pink Pearl blossom

Copyright: Gary

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2018 season

  • 11th April  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2017 season

  • 1st April  2017  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2013 season

  • 29th March  2013  - tree owned by Gary in Pleasant Hill, United States

2011 season

  • 10th April  2011  - tree owned by Nigel in Leicester, United Kingdom

2010 season

  • 1st May  2010  - tree owned by Nigel in Leicester, United Kingdom

2009 season

  • 25th April  2009  - tree owned by Nigel in Leicester, United Kingdom
  • 18th April  2009  - tree owned by Ted in Portland, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2018 season

  • 4th week September  2018  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2017 season

  • 3rd week August  2017  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2013 season

    2011 season

      2010 season

        2009 season

        • 1st week September  2009  - tree owned by Ted in Portland, United States

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