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Lucy™ Rose Apples
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The Lucy™ Rose apple’s most distinctive feature is its pink-red flesh, sometimes described as magenta. On the outside, the skin is also red, covered with light lenticels and overlaid on a bright green background which is mostly obscured. Lucy™ Rose apples are generally conical in shape with some slight ribbing. The texture is firm, coarse-grained, and crisp due to its Honeycrisp parentage. The fairly straightforward flavor of the Lucy™ Rose apple is balanced between sweet and tart with strong notes of berries.
Lucy™ Rose apples are available in the fall.
The Lucy™ Rose apple is a recent Malus domsetica release grown in Washington state. It is a cross originating from the popular Honeycrisp. Other apple varieties with Honeycrisp parentage include Sugar Bee, Pizazz, and EverCrisp. Another variety released by Chelan at the same time is Lucy™ Glo, which is yellow-red on the outside and more tart.
One medium apple contains approximately 95 calories, and is mostly made up of carbohydrates. Apples also contain 3 grams fiber, including pectin, which may help lower cholesterol levels and keep the digestive system healthy. Other components of apples, including flavonoids such as quercetin, act as anti-inflammatories and protect the heart and blood vessels.
This is a versatile apple, useful for eating fresh out of hand for snacks or in salads or for making apple juice. Pair with Manchego or cheddar cheese and slice into fruit salads with blackberries, pears, or citrus. Lucy™ Rose is also good for baking, and the red flesh will make an interesting tart or open gallette. Store Lucy™ Rose apples in a cool, dry place such as the refrigerator. Keep them away from other fruits and vegetables, since apples give off ethylene gas and will cause other produce to ripen too fast.
The way this variety has been named represents a new trend in apple growing. The official name of this apple is Howell TC2, but Chelan Fresh has trademarked the name Lucy™ Rose, which apple growers will pay to use since it is much more marketable.
Lucy™ Rose apples were developed by an apple grower named Bill Howell in central Washington. He planted the first Honeycrisp apples in the 1990s, and eventually crossed those with some red-flesh apples he had planted. After planting the seeds, the best results were Lucy™ Rose and Lucy™ Glo. The first Lucy™ apples were sold in 2018. Today, growers with Chelan Fresh and Semilt Growers in Washington state are growing Lucy™ Rose.