Why you should be excited
Herring’s Pippin is a super-bright-red early apple that’s large and packs a distinctive anise-like flavour.
The story of Herring's Pippin
If your idea of a ‘real’ apple is one that’s large and bright red, don’t be fooled into thinking you only like the most modern of picture-perfect grocery store varieties.
After all, there have been big red apples for a long time.
Here’s one example, although at just a century-plus since it was first raised, this isn’t exactly an ancient variety. But Herring’s Pippin has existed for longer than anyone who will ever read this and it is indeed a big, red-red-red apple.
Now, as long as you find a hint of aniseed an appealing aspect of an apple’s flavour, you might just have found a new favourite. It’s also crisp and juicy and ripens early.
Herring's Pippin Facts
Raised from a seed in Lincoln, England; recorded in 1908.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Crisp and juicy with a distinct anise flavour. Texture is coarse.
A big, eye-catching, bright-red apple.
When they’re available
Early season (usually in early September).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Not particularly known as a cider apple.
So-so (about a month when kept refrigerated).