Why you should be excited
Ribston Pippin is an old English apple revered for its flavour and for parenting Cox’s Orange Pippin.
The story of Ribston Pippin
Back in the day, before the 19th century appearance of Cox’s Orange Pippin on the scene in England, this was the king fruit of the United Kingdom.
Ribston Pippin was the most highly esteemed of all desert apples during Victorian times, with its powerful flavour, juiciness, aroma and firm flesh winning near-universal acclaim.
It packs flavour of far greater depth than the average 21st century store-bought apple. Even with the rise of its famous progeny, this remains a highly respected apple that’s widely grown in home gardens in the U.K. and is apparently still grown commercially in Sweden.
Ribston Pippin Facts
Raised from a seed in Knaresborough, Yorkshire, England, around 1707.
Flavour, aroma, texture
The juicy, firm deep cream-coloured flesh has an intense, rich, aromatic apple flavour, along with a nice jolt of acid.
The yellow-green background skin colour of this medium-sized apple is flushed with brownish-orange and red stripes, ripening to a brighter red over gold.
When they’re available
Mid-season (usually in late September or early October).
Quality for fresh eating
Quality for cooking
Mainly used for fresh eating.
Good (3 or even 4 months when kept refrigerated).