One of my favorites of the industrial apples that are available in the off-season, Pink Lady is named for her distinctive orange-fuchsia blush, which covers an otherwise green yellow. Light lenticels correspond with minor dimples in the surface of the fruit, which runs medium to large and has a soft sweet smell of pear, melon, and cider. The apple feels firm.
Pink Lady's flesh is on the coarse side of dense and a creamy light yellow, crisp (though not breaking) and juicy. Her flavor is sweet with some tartness and offers distinct cantaloupe and honeydew notes, with a hint of orange juice.
This variety has real character but with enough sweetness to put it in the range of popular taste.
"Pink Lady" is actually a brand name; Cripps Pink is the true name for this variety, a cross of Golden Delicious and Lady Williams originating in Western Australia. Pink Lady is licensed and, in theory, quality controlled in ways that "ordinary" Crippses are not (though Cripps is patented). In practice (and in violation of the license) they are all marketed as Pink Ladies, at least around here, because that is how they are known.
By these standards my fruit is no Lady, but recognizably the same fruit--perhaps a bit smaller. Cripps Pink is a fine name (and one that honors its breeder, John Cripps), but I'm using the name everyone knows. Sue me. In Britain Pink Lady is apparently marketed to women.