‘Pink Lady’ apple creator John Cripps dies aged 95

The Australian genius who CREATED the world’s beloved Pink Lady apples dies aged 95: Here’s how he turned them into a global sensation

  • John Cripps, who created Pink Lady apples, has died aged 95 in WA
  • His daughter Helen said it took her father 25 years to get the perfect apples
  • Mr Cripps was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015
  • His daughter described him as a ‘silent director’ who loved being outdoors

The Australian farmer best known for being the mastermind behind the taste of Pink Lady apples has died aged 95.

John Cripps died in Western Australia on Tuesday, with his daughter, Helen, paying tribute on ABC Radio this week.

His daughter Helen said it took Mr Cripps 25 years of research to develop the Pink Lady brand apple genetics to where they are today.

“We are so proud that he left a legacy. He tasted so many apples that he used to have a stomach ache because he had to do the tastings,” Ms Cripps said.

“He was looking for a particular taste – he was looking for the red color, the softness, the crispness…and that they had good shelf life so they could survive a long time in cold storage.”

Australian farmer best known for being the mastermind behind the taste of Pink Lady apples has died aged 95

Mr Cripps’ daughter said he worked long and hard to ensure his apples not only tasted great but could be eaten all year round.

She said her father’s love of horticulture began when he was growing up in England during World War II and planting things in the backyard.

“There was an apple tree in the garden and it was tough and it wasn’t very sweet and he thought maybe someday I could do better,” Ms Cripps said.

He then worked in the Department of Agriculture in Western Australia and began working on apple variety breeding.

“When the kids were growing up we had a second fridge, and dad used to bring home apples that he thought had potential for a new breed of apples and my sister and I were given strict instructions for them. eat it but spit out the seeds so it can pick up and reseed them,” Ms Cripps said.

His daughter Helen said it took Mr Cripps 25 years of research to develop the Pink Lady brand apple genetics to where they are today.

His daughter Helen said it took Mr Cripps 25 years of research to develop the Pink Lady brand apple genetics to where they are today.

“So we were the critics of the Pink Lady.”

She said her father, an avid reader, named her apples after a cocktail dubbed the Pink Lady in the 1951 book The Cruel Sea.

Ms Cripps described her father as a quiet man and a keen gardener who enjoyed walking and hiking.

“He’s a great example of the low-key director. Dad was an innovator,” she said.

“I want people to be proud when they buy a Pink Lady apple that it comes from Western Australia.”

Its apples hit the market in 1991 and have become household items in millions of Australian homes.

Pink Lady apples once accounted for 30% of Australian fruit production.

Mr Cripps was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 for his contributions to agriculture and was inducted into the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Hall of Fame in 2010.

The Pink Lady variety has been listed in Australia’s top 100 greatest inventions.

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