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
Discovered in Brittany, France; recorded 1628.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The white flesh is aromatic, crisp, sweet and fruity.
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
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating and decoratively.
Quality for cider
Not particualrly known for use in cider.
Excellent (5 or 6 months when kept refrigerated).