Tickled Pink (Baya® Marisa) is a new dual-purpose apple variety with a remarkable and unusual red flesh. We have worked alongside the Frank P. Matthews nursery in the West Midlands to introduce this new variety to the UK. The first trees will become available for the autumn 2011 season.
On the tree the apples appear just like any other red apple, but cut one open and the striking red flesh is revealed. The flavor is tart but pleasantly mild.
The blossom is a particularly attractive feature of this variety, being a deep solid crimson red - making it an excellent ornamental feature in the spring garden.
As you might expect Tickled Pink is also a useful apple for the kitchen. The slices keep their shape when cooked, and have an attractive pink coloring. The juice is also pink.
Stocks will be very limited and orders will be satisfied on a first-come first-served basis.
Deliveries now finished
Apple growers have been trying to develop red-fleshed apples for more than a century. Much of the early work was carried out in California by apple enthusiast Albert Etter, who started with a red-fleshed crab apple brought to the USA from eastern Europe by German settlers. Many of these varieties suffer from weak growth, biennial bearing, and below-average disease resistance, as well as an indifferent flavor. Tickled Pink has been developed specifically for the commercial grower and amateur gardener and has greatly improved horticultural characteristics, including some scab tolerance.
The main thing to look out for is over-cropping, which can be addressed by thinning the fruitlets in June.
Germany 2009. This variety is registered under the trademark name Baya® Marisa.