Apple of our eye
JOHN Cripps, who developed the internationally renowned Pink Lady apple, was yesterday appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. The Floreat resident was recognised on Australia Day for his contributions to the agriculture and food sectors. Mr Cripps was inducted into the Royal Agricultural Society of WA Hall of Fame in 2010.
AFTER a lifetime of apple tasting, the breeder of the popular Pink Lady apple says he has had his fill.
Floreat resident John Cripps was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia yesterday for his service to primary industry through his contributions to the agriculture and food sectors.
Mr Cripps bred the Cripps Pink apple, marketed as the internationally renowned and trademarked Pink Lady, at the Stoneville Research Station in 1973.
He said the announcement on Australia Day yesterday caught him off guard.
“I was surprised,” Mr Cripps said.
“I wish I had more encouragement earlier on when I thought I had bred a commercial apple.
“Some fruit growers realised the advantages of the apple. They can be stored for a long time.”
Mr Cripps said the parents of the Pink Lady, which accounts for more than 30 per cent of apple pro- duction in Australia, are the Lady Williams and Golden Delicious. He also bred the sister variety Cripps Red apple, marketed as the trademarked Sundowner.
“The Pink Lady was more successful than I thought it might be,” Mr Cripps said.
He has also played a part in setting up the Pemberton and Manjimup vineyard area with his work on vine rootstocks.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Royal Agricultural Society of WA Hall of Fame.