Tickled Pink (Baya® Marisa) is a new dual-purpose apple variety with a remarkable and unusual red flesh. We worked alongside the Frank P. Matthews nursery in the West Midlands to introduce this new variety to the UK in 2011. It is amongst the best of the true red-fleshed apples for eating flavour.
On the tree the apples appear just like any other red apple, but cut one open and the striking red flesh is revealed. The flavour is tart but pleasantly mild, and the flesh is very juicy.
The blossom is a particularly attractive feature of this variety, being a deep solid crimson red - making it an excellent ornamental feature in the spring garden.
As you might expect Tickled Pink is also a useful apple for the kitchen. The slices keep their shape when cooked, and have an attractive pink colouring. The juice is also pink.
Tickled Pink featured in one of the dishes in the dessert finals of the BBC cookery programm 'Great British Menu' (series 14) in May 2019.
All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.
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Tickled Pink has been developed specifically for the commercial grower and amateur gardener and has greatly improved horticultural characteristics over some of the earlier red-fleshed apple varieties, including better scab tolerance.
The main thing to look out for is over-cropping, which can be addressed by thinning the fruitlets in June.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Germany 2009. This variety is registered under the trademark name Baya® Marisa.