Why you should be excited
Lemon Pippin… well… it looks quite a bit like a lemon. And it’s a tasty English heritage apple, too.
The story of Lemon Pippin
It can be hard to know where an older variety of apple actually originated. Take Lemon Pippin, which became known – and quite popular – in England during the 18th century.
But it didn’t necessarily originate there; while some folks said it was first discovered in England, others believed this fine apple came from across the English Channel in Normandy. And there’s no way to know for sure. But the English lay claim to it and we all get to enjoy it.
Best known for its fresh-eating strengths, Lemon Pippin has also been long appreciated dried, in tarts, in apple jelly and in old-style candied fruit (think sugar plums and such).
Lemon Pippin Facts
Discovered in the U.K. or possibly Normandy, France. First recorded in 1744, but likely much older than that.
Flavour, aroma, texture
Firm, with coarse, yellowish flesh. Somewhat dry, but sweet, nicely balanced with a lemony shot ofacid.
Lemon-yellow coloured. The shape is also reminiscent of a lemon.
When they’re available
Late season (usually in mid-October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Quality for cider
Not particularly known for its use in cider, but like many heritage varieties, Lemon Pippin could add a very nice sugar/acid balance to cider blends.
Good (about 3 months when kept refrigerated).