The new apple variety Rosa Lynn is named after the wives of the two people who discovered it in an orchard at Royal City, Washington.
In 1998, José Ramirez, orchard manager at Stein-Manzana, and Dain Craver, general manager, noticed a tree in a mixed apple block that seemed different from the rest. They picked the apples, loved the sweet-tart flavor, and found that it had exceptional keeping quality even when kept unrefrigerated.
Its parentage is an unsolvable mystery. The tree was growing in an old block of apples with Winesap, Rome, Golden Delicious, and Red Delicious in it, alongside a block of Fuji and Gala apples. Ramirez said the block was probably the place a previous orchard owner planted leftover trees.
After evaluating it, Ramirez and Craver thought the apple had commercial potential and named it after Ramirez’s wife, Rosa, and Craver’s wife, Gari Lynn. When his youngest daughter was born six years ago, Ramirez and his wife named her Rosa Lynn, after the apple.
Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee packed and marketed the variety initially, but then decided to focus its efforts on its own proprietary varieties, Craver said. Rosa Lynn is now marketed by Sage Fruit in Yakima.
Craver travels the country doing in-store demonstrations to introduce the apple to consumers. He gave out samples at the Produce Marketing Association’s annual convention in Anaheim, California, this fall.
Ramirez said Rosa Lynn has been received so positively that they plan to expand their plantings. They grow the variety organically.
This is a great apple- its crisper than a Honeycrisp, stays fresh, and has a balanced sweet and tart flavor. Can’t wait to get more.
This apple was a pleasant surprise in taste when I bought a bag at sprouts in Tucson Arizona. I have been searching for an apple that I can enjoy that is not so sweet like most of the apples on the market today. I love Macintosh and have been looking for a replacement since that apple is no longer available in my area. I have collected seeds from the apples and intend to plant them and grow my own. I know it may not be true to type but I won’t know for many years to come. I am just excited this apple will be available here in Tucson. I also can’t wait to get more. Bebeaz