Ribston Pippin

The Ribston Pippin is a famous variety of apple from Yorkshire in England. It is believed that the original tree was grown at Ribston Hall, from seed received from Normandy, in the 18th century. A strong-tasting and aromatic apple, it was very popular in Victorian times, and is said to be the parent of the more commonly known Cox’s Orange Pippin.

The fruit of this medium sized apple is a yellow-green background skin colour flushed with brownish-orange and red stripes, and ripens to a brighter red over gold. The juicy, firm deep cream-coloured flesh has an intense, rich, aromatic apple flavour, along with a nice shot of acid. While generally a fresh eating apple, it can also be used for culinary purposes and for its sweet/sharp juice. Some say that the flavour improves after picking but they also warn that the fruit tends to become dry if stored for too long.

The Ribston Pippin is a dessert cultivar, and a triploid, so needs two pollination partners which must both be different varieties and able to cross pollinate each other as well as the Ribston Pippin. However, a suitable single self-fertile pollination partner can also be used. Fortunately the Granny Smith is listed as a suitable pollinator for our new tree, and has already been planted.

It will crop best in a sunny situation and is suitable for all training forms.

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Purchased: A gift from Mike and Chris Bury 21 January 2017

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