Lady Alice (apple)

Lady Alice is a cultivar of domesticated apple which was discovered in 1979 at an orchard near Gleed, Washington, as a chance seedling and is a registered trademark by the Rainier Fruit Company. It is named after Alice Zirkle, a co-founder of the company.[1][2][3]

Lady Alice
SpeciesM. domestica
Hybrid parentageChance seedling
OriginUnited States, near Gleed, Washington, 1979

The Lady Alice apple has a dense and crispy texture and a rich heirloom-like complex flavor, sweet with hints of tart. It is typically stored after harvest and sold to the retail customer at the flavor's peak. It is suitable for fresh eating as a snack, as well as for cooking and baking. Among its specialty characteristics is that it does not brown quickly even if cut open, and keeps shape and texture at high temperature baking.[1][2][3]

Lady Alice is distinguished from other cultivars with its pink blush over creamy-yellow background; the background color darkens after harvest.[1]

The fruit is harvested in the fall, and can be available between February and May, especially in March when it is at its best.[3]


  1. "Apples". Rainier Fruit. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  2. "Rainier Fruit Company (Profile)". Food Fete. January 8, 2010. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  3. Rainier Fruit Company (February 14, 2014). "Lady Alice Apples are One of The Newest Apple Varietals Consumers Eagerly Anticipate Each Winter" (Press release). Cision PR Newswire. Retrieved 2016-03-01.

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