Sundowner apples are grown very late in summer and hence are somewhat fresher than most other apples except Pink Ladies to which they are strongly related. Their correct name is Cripps Red and they were developed in Western Australia from a cross of Golden Delicious and Lady Williams apples. A characteristic of this fruit are the white dots on their skin, this is a characteristic not a problem. As summer approaches we tend to be ready for a change of fruit, we are waiting for stone fruit to really get going and Sundowners tend to be a very fresh and crisp change of apple flavour to enjoy. About this time they come from southern orchards and then in November and December more from Western Australia.
HOW TO PICK
Choose firm apples free from insect bites. The flesh of the apple should not easily give way to finger pressure.
HOW TO STORE
Apples may ripen quickly at room temperature so store apples away from direct sunlight, preferably in the fridge to keep them crisp. Place them in a plastic bag to help keep them juicy and firm. If you prefer eating apples at room temperature, simply remove a few from the fridge each day. Don't store apples with pears or avocados as they produce a natural gas that speeds the ripening of those fruits.