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Wyken Pippin

Why you should be excited

Wyken Pippin is an old fresh eating apple variety that was highly popular in the UK during the 19th century.

The story of Wyken Pippin

Here's a classic example of an apple that earned a fine reputation back in the day (meaning the 18th and 19th centuries) in the United Kingdom, but that would not have a hope of widespread popularity if it had instead emerged today.

The two main reasons why this is the case are the apple's appearance, which is pretty low-key, and its size, which is on the small side of medium. Sadly, neither characteristic would cut the mustard in modern North American grocery stores.

But for those of us interested in more than just the huge and shiny red apples that have ruled industrial agriculture over recent decades, Wyken Pippin is a most pleasant throwback.

Wyken Pippin Facts

Its origins

Uncertain origins either in the UK or Holland, early 1700s.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Brisk, with a strong fruit flavour and aromatic qualities.

Appearance

This smallish apple has a golden background skin colour, usually with a brownish-yellow flush.

When they’re available

Late season (usually in mid-October).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Keeping ability

Good (2 or 3 months when kept refrigerated).