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.
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
Bred in Bedford, England in 1897; introduced in 1922.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The juicy, fine-textured flesh is sweet, with some complexity of flavour.
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
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.
Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).