Why you should be excited
Jupiter is a modern English apple that was bred in the 1960s, with Cox’s Orange Pippin as one of its parents.
The story of Jupiter
It would be interesting to count all of the apple varieties –- especially those originating in England -– that have Cox’s Orange Pippin as one of their parents.
The number would be quite large, despite the fact that Cox’s history is less than two centuries old and there are many far older varieties that have also been used in breeding.
But the English love their Cox apples and it’s not surprising that breeding efforts have tended to concentrate on creating new varieties that share its complex – some would say sublime – flavour.
Enter Jupiter, a relatively recent introduction that takes a hint of Cox and amplifies it.
Raised from a seed in Kent, England; 1981 introduction.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Sweet, juicy, robust and intensely flavoured. Also distinctly aromatic.
An attractive dark-red apple, although often misshapen.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Quality for cider
Not particularly, known for use in cider.
Good (around 3 months when kept refrigerated).