Cameo apples are covered in red stripes that develop just prior to the apple is ready for harvest. By picking the apples as soon as they develop this signature striping ensures their skin maintains the thin and delicate texture Cameo’s are known. Its flesh is dense and creamy white to yellow in color with a crisp and juicy texture.
The Cameo’s flavor is the perfect balance of sweet and tart with nuances of both honey and citrus.
Believed to be a relative of the Red and Golden Delicious apple, Cameo apples that come out of Washington State are regulated by the CAMA or Cameo Apple Marketing Association. In order to be considered a Cameo, these apples must meet a list of standards-based upon taste, texture, and color.
Cameo apples are sodium and cholesterol free and rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to promote a healthy cardiovascular system. They also contain a fair amount of potassium and vitamin C as well as some iron, vitamin A, and calcium. A recent study of the newest apple varieties conducted at the University of Bonn revealed that Cameo apples contained the highest amount of antioxidants of all thirty-one apples studied.