Heirloom Apples in Bleeding Gums Pink

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

pink fleshed appleBoth Mom’s and my head snapped around obviously at the man chomping down on an apple.

His hand pulled back from his mouth revealing an apple tinged pink with every bite.

Mom and I looked at each other and winced. Was this apple man the sorry victim of bleeding gums? It was almost all my brain could wrap itself around until we walked further up the park to reach the beginning of the Farmers Market throng. An apple stand specializing in heirloom varieties greeted us.

And indeed they have pink fleshed apples!

Tart, small and yellow skinned? faint bruises of pink show through the thin peel to indicate that all is not normal with this small gem. As we continued on through the market with our heirloom spoils in hand, I couldn’t help but reach up and chomp on my own pink gum apple as heads snapped to us in the crowd.


posted October 10th, 2007 at 8:19 am

Haha I love that you thought his gums were bleeding?what a gorgeous apple!

- Hillary
posted October 10th, 2007 at 2:22 pm

What a beautiful apple ? I’ve never seen one like it. What’s the variety?

Oh goodness- that’s the other part of the story. I can’t quite remember the name. I thought it was Pink Pearl until a friend reminded me that, Uh no- that’s a tampon name and likely not also an apple one.


- Lydia
posted October 12th, 2007 at 11:57 am

Ok, ew. You’ve now associated bleeding gums and tampons with this apple. I think I’m going to be sick.

- Gwen
posted October 12th, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Oh but it is:


- Dave
posted October 12th, 2007 at 1:54 pm

I think those would make a fantastic looking applesauce.

- jen maiser
posted October 16th, 2007 at 5:13 am

that is so cool! It looks like a fantastic apple.

- Helen
posted October 16th, 2007 at 6:48 am

Haha I thought that I would be seeing a Candy Apple coasted in pink chocolate. That’s not it at all. :P

- J
posted October 16th, 2007 at 5:33 pm

What a glorious apple! Is there anyway you could find out the variety?

It’s in the previous comments- it is indeed a Pink Pearl.


- vict.
posted October 17th, 2007 at 4:43 pm

First of all- how pretty!

Secondly- I’ve got some “pink pearls” upstairs! lol.

- s'kat
posted October 18th, 2007 at 4:46 pm

I had some pink apples last year that were called “Surprise!” Yours seem to fit that bill too?


- Rachael
posted October 25th, 2007 at 9:59 pm

but how do they taste?

“Tart” reminded me of crab apples of my youth.


- kathryn
posted October 27th, 2007 at 10:43 am

As far as I read in the past this “red flesh” variety is a genetically modified one which comes from New Zealand. I am not sure if I would want to eat it?

Nope- not the case here. This apple farm specializes in heirloom varieties. Besides- I bet this engineered apple you reference is trademarked in a way that wouldn’t be fruitful for a small scale farm to sell at market.

It’s well known that heirloom varieties of apples come in different colors- both skin and flesh. For more information on this, I suggest reading Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire. His chapter on apples hints at the mass variation that our modern society is missing out on.


- Ulrike
posted November 7th, 2007 at 9:06 am

There’s a Sacramento bakery (http://realpiecompany.com/)that makes apple tarts from Pink Pearls when the season first begins. They are absolutely beautiful and very tasty. The woman who runs this place is dedicated to seasonal, local produce. Each week her chalkboard lists the farms where each kind of fruit was grown.

My little city, all grown up!

- Carolyn
posted January 31st, 2008 at 10:12 am

So cool!
I have never seen such a thing. It reminds me of the first time I tasted a grapple.
half apples half grapes!
Strangest things.Personaly, I didn’t find them so yummy though.
But you say these are tasty?

- Cupcakes
posted October 24th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for your blog. I bought my first heirloom apples a couple days ago. When I cut one open this morning I thought something was dreadfully wrong! I was going to return them to the store but thought to check the internet first. The joke’s on me!

They’re pretty good but I still prefer Fujis for everyday eating.

- Jeff
posted August 31st, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Indeed, Pink Pearl and Surprise are both pink fleshed apples, hybridized by Etter. Greenmantle Nursery in Northern California owns the trademarks on most of Etter’s pink-fleshed creations. There are quite a few!

Check them out (and the story of Etter and Greenmantle) at http://www.greenmantlenursery.com/2008revision/fruit2008/rosetta-apples2008.htm

- Sara C
posted March 8th, 2015 at 3:47 am

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