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Lady Apple

Why you should be excited

Lady Apple is a teeny-tiny perfect-looking little apple probably best known for its ornamental uses.

The story of Lady Apple

You might have seen Lady Apples before and not even known it. If you’ve ever seen tiny apples used decoratively, they were probably Lady Apples. And if you’ve ever drunk from a wassail cup, it was probably decorated with Lady Apples.

This variety is ancient and cute as the dickens. As small as crab-apples, these little guys taste great and keep well, but often end up uneaten simply because they look so pretty, they tend to be treated as ornaments more than food items.

Which is a shame, even if it flatters the appearance of this apple that originated in France and was already considered an old variety 400 years ago.

In addition, the tree grows compactly, so it's well-suited to growing in containers. 

Lady Apple Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Brittany, France; recorded 1628.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The white flesh is aromatic, crisp, sweet and fruity.

Appearance

This tiny apple is round and flattish, with red skin colouring flushed over a yellow background.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating and decoratively.

Quality for cider

Not particualrly known for use in cider.

Keeping ability

Excellent (5 or 6 months when kept refrigerated).