The Opal apple (botanical name Malus domestica) is a European variety, and is a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz apple. The Opal is distributed by FirstFruits Marketing in the United States. This is a different variety than an English apple also called Opal, which was developed in the 1930s.
Opal apples are medium to large, round fruit—they may weigh up to 14 ounces. They have an almost iridescent, lemon-yellow skin and slight russeting at the stem. This apple has a soft yet crisp, cream-colored flesh with a sweet taste and a slightly tart finish. The taste has been compared to the Honey Crisp, with hints of pear, coconut, and banana. Opal apples generally look more like their Topaz parent, but owe their sweet flavor and crisp texture to the Golden Delicious.