This small medium apple is light yellow, sometimes with a green undertone.
The eponymous blush is a very light orange red wash with specks of intense color. The result is like a poorly mixed oil-and-water emulsion or flecks of pigment in oil.
It's a very striking effect.
Maiden's lenticels are small, sparse, and dark; some in the blush are stained a deep saturated red. My sample also bears a corona of russet in and around the stem well and the usual superficial blemishes.
The apple is firm in hand with a sweet fruity aroma.
The flesh of the Maiden's Blush is dense and white with a light yellow tint, crisp even two months off the tree.
With a good sweet-tart balance as a backdrop, there is a hint of vanilla, some citrus that includes a little pineapple, and a pinch of acidity--enough to enliven without offense.
There are some mineral notes and a pleasantly astringent finish, quite enjoyable overall.
I'm not sure how but I had the notion that Maiden's Blush was a modern breeding project. She is in fact an American heirloom dating back nearly two centuries.
Some accounts say that this apple mellows a bit in storage, which is not unusual; if so Maiden's Blush might be sharply acidic when harvested in mid to late September.