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Sundowner apples have a classic appearance, round and medium in size with a greenish background overlaid with crimson. The skin also features prominent lenticels. The texture is firm and crisp, though not hard, and the yellow flesh is fine grained. The flavor is fairly robust, unlike the more delicate flavor of its sibling, Pink Lady. It is very sweet, but balanced by some tartness and notes of berries and spices. The sweetness of this apple intensifies with storage, changing the flavor somewhat.
Sundowner apples are available spring through fall.
The Sundowner apple (Malus domestica) is an Australian variety also called the Cripps Red, Cripps II, or the Joya. It shares parentage with the more well-known Pink Lady, originating from a cross of Golden Delicious and Lady Williams.
One medium apple contains approximately 95 calories and about 17% of the daily recommended intake of fiber, including soluble fiber called pectin and insoluble fiber, beneficial for the digestive system. Apples are a good source of Vitamin C, and smaller amounts of potassium and antioxidants such as quercetin and catechin.
Sundowners are good for both fresh eating and for use in cooking and baking. It keeps its shape during cooking, making it a good variety for apple pies, cakes, preserves, or chunky sauces. Pair with traditional apple spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Sundowners can be kept in storage for three months or more.
The Sundowner is an example of a modern-day breeding process that produces apples for commercial use. Sundowner, along with Pink Lady, was developed in the 1970s at the same agricultural station. The new variety was given a generic name—Cripps Red—and a trademarked name—Sundowner, under which it is usually sold.
The Sundowner was developed in 1979 by John Cripps at the Western Australian Department of Agriculture. Sundowners need warm climates, and can often grow where other varieties of apples can not. This variety needs hot summers and warm winters with above-freezing temperatures. In cooler, more common apple-growing climates, the tree may grow well but the apples will not ripen. It is most often grown in Australia, where it is available in the spring, summer, and fall months in the northern hemisphere. When it is grown in warm climates in the United States, it is available as a late harvest variety in the fall and winter.