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Laxton's Superb

Why you should be excited

Laxton's Superb is a kind of poor-person's Cox's Orange Pippin -- friendlier to grow, but much less complex.

The story of Laxton's Superb

We're always interested to add an apple variety that's the offspring of two varieties we also have in our orchard, because doing so offers the prospect of a most interesting taste test or two.

Laxton's Superb is a good example of this, as we also have its parents -- the legendary Cox's Orange Pippin and the less well-known Wyken Pippin -- in our collection.

Bred by England's iconic Laxton Brothers Nursery just before the turn of the 20th century, this is an apple that grows better than the fussy Cox Pippin, while delivering at least a hint of its rich, complex flavour.

At the end of the day, though, Laxton's Superb is certainly no Cox Pippin. But at least you stand a chance of getting consistent, healthy crops.

It's important to note that its other parent -- the under-rated Wyken Pippin -- also contributes some significant positives.

Laxton's Superb Facts

Its origins

Bred in Bedford, England in 1897; introduced in 1922.

Flavour, aroma, texture

The juicy, fine-textured flesh is sweet, with some complexity of flavour.

Appearance

Medium-sized, with a greenish-yellow background skin colour covered with a reddish- or pinky-purplish flush.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Not particularly known for its use in cider, but capable of producing good bulk of juice to cider blends.

Keeping ability

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).