Though they are a relative newcomer to the apple world, Cameo apples are quickly growing in their popularity. The Cameo apple (originally named Carousel apples) was discovered in 1987 by the Caudle family in their Dryden, WA orchard.
The actual parentage of the Cameo is uncertain; however because it was first found near orchards of both Red and Golden Delicious, it is widely believed that the Cameo apple is a cross between both of those apples. This would explain the shape as well as its red and yellow skin; the Cameo apple skin is thicker than a Golden Delicious but thinner than a Red Delicious.
Cameo apples are sweet with a touch tartness with a crisp and juicy flesh and thin skin that is creamy yellow with red striping.
Cameo apples can be used in both sweet and savory dishes and because of their resistance to browning makes them a great choice in sandwiches, salads and as a garnish.
Cameo apples would pair well with squash, bacon, pears and flavorful cheeses such as goat, cheddar or ricotta.
Cameo apples are available later in the season, usually after Red and Golden Delicious. This late season apple not only stores well, but will keep it crisp texture as well for quite some time.