The Pink Lady® story
What makes a Pink Lady® apple so special...
Only the best of the best apples are selected, hand-picked and given the Pink Lady® seal of approval – the pink heart-shaped sticker you find on every one of our apples. It’s a symbol of its authenticity and guarantees consistent quality.
of Pink Lady® excellence
Pink Lady® apples are the first to blossom and the last to be harvested. This extra time in the sun gives our apples their special blush, sweeter crunch and wonderful fizz.
makes all the difference
A Pink Lady® apple’s unique flavour and qualities are not an accident. The way the rows of trees are orientated, the positioning of the branches and the amount of greenery on the trees are carefully considered, all to ensure our apples receive as many rays of sun as possible.
The worlds finest wine regions
From France to Italy, America, Chile, and Argentina and from South Africa to Australia and New Zealand, our orchards are scattered among the finest vineyards in the world.
Extending from the Loire Valley in central France and stretching across the sun-kissed south, southeast and southwest regions, France is home to many Pink Lady® apple orchards. Along with the Emilie Romagna and South Tyrol regions of Italy and Catalonia in Spain, these orchards keep us in Pink Lady® apples from November to May.
Growing Pink Lady® apples is a family affair for Eloi Viannay who, with his sister and brother-in-law, make up the third generation of apple growers on his farm near Saint Maurin in the heart of the France's southwest.
We've brought together the fruits of Eloi's work in a wonderfully decadent French breakfast.
Circled by mountains, the Elgin valley on the Western Cape is internationally renowned for its apples. South African Pink Lady® apples are available during the Southern Hemisphere season between May and November.
Married couple Peter and Paddy Dall were among the first farmers in the country to grow Pink Lady® apples. Over the years, these apples became such an essential feature of local dishes that they inspired a whole cookbook put together by a group of Elgin farmers’ wives.
Why not try the poached Pink Lady® apples in wine with orange and pomegranate recipe, adapted from that book – and highly recommended by Paddy.
Australia was the first country to grow Pink Lady® apples – more than 40 years ago. Look out for the Australian Pink Lady® apples in the shops around October and November.
The stunning Southern Forests region of Western Australia is home to the Giblett family, who were among the first growers of Pink Lady® apples in the world.
To see the Giblett’s recipe for an entrée of Garlic and Chilli Prawns with Pink Lady® apples, Hass avocado and lime salsa.
John Cripps is a fully-fledged Australian hero, being the plant-breeder who created the first ever Pink Lady® apple. In 1973, Mr Cripps had the idea to ingeniously – and naturally – cross a Golden Delicious and a Lady William. And so the Pink Lady® apple was born, the fruit of a love affair between two other apple varieties.
What's in a name
John Cripps took the Pink Lady® name from his favourite novel, Nicholas Monsarrat’s The Cruel Sea. In this story, the hero savours a cocktail called ‘Pink Lady’. It’s a perfectly fitting name for an apple with such a beautiful blush.