Nature never ceases to find ways to amaze us every single day. Just when you think you know what to expect from the great outdoors and all of its many wonders, it throws you a curve ball.
Nothing is really what it seems—especially when it comes to the food we eat. For example, we all know that grocery stores stock their shelves with meat that’s been dyed to look more “fresh,” and processed foods sometimes contain no trace of the specific ingredient it’s touting. We also know that produce sections are chocked with fruits and vegetables that meet specific aesthetic requirements, while in reality, these items are often misshapen and strange.
This odd little fruit is a great example. On the outside it appears to be a normal apple, but once you take a bite, you’re in for quite the surprise!
We may think they’ve discovered all of the food there is to find on the planet, but every now and then, something new comes along that blows us away. Take, for instance, the Pink Pearl apple: a fruit that’s completely out of this world…
Developed in 1944 by American plant breeder Albert Etter, the Pink Pearl seems like any other normal apple on the outside. It’s when we bite into it, though, that we discover its unique and beautiful pink-hued flesh.
Believed by many to be the descendant of a rare apple breed called Malus niedzwetzkyana or Niedzwetzky’s apple, which is found only in China and Central Asia, the Pink Pearl was cultivated in California. It’s actually a seedling of a cultivar called “Surprise.”
The Pink Pearl’s taste has been described by many as tart and tart-sweet, and the apple has crispy, juicy flesh covered by a yellow-green skin that appears almost translucent. Some tasters have noted that they smell somewhat like grapefruit.
Pink Pearl apples typically ripen between late August and mid-September, so those of us who want to consume them should be on the lookout during those early fall months! Once they’re ripe, they tend to wilt on the branch, so they’re best when they’re picked quickly.
While many people eat Pink Pearl apples for their delicious taste, there’s no denying their visual appeal in dishes. Pink Pearls might not be the kind of apples that we’d normally reach for in pie recipes, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be considered. After all, they do add a really lovely look to the dish!