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Do you sell Pink Lady apples year round?

For the most part, do you carry them year round in most stores? If not, do you know of an apple of similar taste? I got a really nice set of Pink Lady apples at Costco last year - "fancy grade" it said, but Safeway/Giant Pink lady apples either are out of stock half the time, or don't taste as good. I really love a goooood apple, so am thinking I'll try Whole Foods. :)
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  • Hi Brielle,

    The Pink Lady apple (also known as Cripps Pink) is a late season apple and is among the last varieties to come off the trees in the fall. Pink Lady apples tend to have a starchy flavor right off of the tree (this may be what you are experiencing occasionally when the fruit is just not right) and because of this we like to wait 8 weeks or so after harvest to promote them. The domestic season starts in late October and the fruit is usually gone by May. However our product experts tell me that US-grown Pink Lady apples taste the best from January through April.

    We also get imported Pink Lady apples in the summer from Chile and New Zealand that start to arrive about the time the domestic fruit goes away (late May). Imported fruit in the early part of the season will have the same starchy flavor as the early season domestic fruit, so you may want to wait until later in the season (July-September) to purchase the best tasting fruit from the imported crops.

    Pink Lady apples are one of a kind, so it is difficult to recommend a substitute. Our produce experts suggest Honey Crisp or Jonagold apples (both are excellent from September all the way to late December) but there is no real match in flavor and texture for a Pink Lady during the right time of the year.

    Good luck in your search for the perfect apple!

    Rachael
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    Pink Lady apples as you call them (generic use of a trademark) are NOT one of a kind! Many apple varieties are now being sold as "Pink Lady" without the consumer even knowing what on earth they are eating....consumers are being conned
    The variation in colour,texture and huge variation in taste are due to various varieties being sold as "Pink Lady" apples
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