The Cripps Pink variety was originally bred by John Cripps at the (then named) Western Australia Department of Agriculture by crossing the Australian apple Lady Williams with a Golden Delicious in order to combine the best features of both apples. The apple is tart and crisp.
The apple shape is ellipsoid, it has a distinctive blush mixed with a green "background," and taste is tart. The Cripps Pink variety requires a long, 200 day growth period and a hot climate, making them difficult to grow in more temperate latitudes or climates subjected to early winter freezes.
They are principally grown in Australia, but are also grown in New Zealand, Chile, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, Uruguay, Brazil, Japan, Italy, Spain, France and in the United States since the late 1990s.
Cripps Pink apples are the earliest to blossom (late March/early April in the Northern Hemisphere and late September/early October in the Southern Hemisphere), and some of the last to be harvested (end of October/early November in the Northern Hemisphere and late April/early May for the Southern Hemisphere). It is the significant change in temperature between night and day in the autumn that gives the apples their coloring. However, they must also be well exposed. Therefore, the trees must be carefully pruned and their fruit production well managed.
Cripps Pink requires a very long growing period and a hot climate, and hence is only grown in the warmer apple-growing regions of South Africa, USA, southern Europe - and of course Australia. Strong sunlight in autumn is vital for the pink coloration to develop and growers may remove the top-most leaves of the trees to allow light to penetrate.
Cripps Pink is a moderately vigorous tree and hangs on to its leaves well into winter. It also shares a characteristic found in some other apple varieties in that the quality of fruit in the early years of the tree is not good. These horticultural difficulties meant that Cripps Pink was initially unpopular with growers - until they realized the premium prices they could get for this unique pink apple.
Serving Size 1 medium (2-3/4" dia) (approx 3 per lb)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 2Calories 72
% Daily Values*
Total Fat 0.23g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.039g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.07g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19.06g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3.3g 13%
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18
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