The soft pink blush of this apple suggests that 1990s designer hue, "Dusty Rose."
The apple itself is generally a large medium, with ribbing that gives many a blocky, rectangular aspect.
That dusty-rose blush is variegated, and there are large tan lenticels and an open calyx under the base.
The unbroken fruit has a firm feel and a sweet aroma.
The fruit's flesh, a striking golden yellow, is crisp, coarse, and juicy. That juice is sweet with no balancing tartness, and the skin is a bit chewy in the finish. There are floral notes and also something generically tropical in the mix: my tasting brain keeps circling around banana, mango, tangerine, and coconut but can't quite latch on.
Now, maybe these tastes would be better differentiated in a sample that was fresher from the tree. Maybe I just need a better brain. (I did find some distinct, if brief, pineapple in a bite from the calyx end of my second sample.) In any case, these elusive flavors, and most of all P. Rose's wonderful crisp juicy texture, make this worth seeking out.
Pacific Rose is the trademark name for Sciros, much as Pink Lady is the trademark for Cripps Pink. The fruit, a Splendour - Gala cross, is patented for a fixed period but the trademark is registered potentially forever. Besides, would you rather eat a Pacific Rose or a Sciros? (I like the name "Cripps Pink," myself.)
This variety originated in New Zealand in 1990 but is new to markets in Eastern Massachusetts. As of this writing it is imported from the West Coast for sale over the winter. It is a welcome addition to the off-season repertoire, coarser and juicer than its parents. Fans of sweet should check this one out.