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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.

Pink Pearl identification photos

  • Pink Pearl
    Copyright: Orange Pippin

  • Pink Pearl blossom
    Copyright: Gary

Visitor reviews

  • 13 Aug 2013  Charles Mcclintick,  CA., United States
    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  Laura,  CA, United States
    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  Steve Mountainspring,  OREGON, DOUGLAS COUNTY, United States
    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  M. Reed,  TX, United States
    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  Marilyn Boese,  CA, United States
    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.

Tree register

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Spring blossom records for this variety

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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Harvest records for this variety

2012 season

  • 4th week September  2012  - tree owned by Steve in Dillard, United States

2009 season

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


  • 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

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Offspring of this variety

Where to buy fresh fruit

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