The Lady apple tree is one of the oldest varieties known, first cultivated by the Romans. Also known as Pomme d’Api or the Christmas Apple, it was grown by Louis XIII in his orchards. The French loved the Lady apple tree and thought they were a royal apple; early American colonists thought of them as a symbol of wealth. Traditionally the Lady apple was used in Christmas decorations and stockings. Small, smooth, creamy yellow fruit with glossy red cheek, borne often in clusters. Crisp, juicy, fine-grained, pure white flesh. This is a highly aromatic variety with much of its fragrance and high quality flavor in its skin; for this reason, it should not be peeled. Makes excellent cider to boot.