All about apples, pears, plums, and cherries - and orchards where they are grown

Welcome to Orange Pippin

If you are interested in apple varieties, pears, cherries or plums, or orchards where these fruits are grown, you have come to the right place.

Our website is named after England's most famous apple variety - Cox's Orange Pippin - widely regarded as the finest of all dessert apples.

'Pippin' is an old English word derived from the French word for 'seedling'. The same word can be seen in the modern French for a plant nursery or garden centre - 'pepiniere'. Like many old apple varieties Cox's Orange Pippin was discovered as a chance seedling.

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Recent visitor comments about listed varieties

04 Apr 2015Jack FeilWASHINGTON, United States

Apple - Rubinette

We grow over two hundred varieties of apples in our orchard. Rubenette is the best eating apple we have and sell at our roadside stand. Although the size is nedium small it is not a distraction, however we are testing chemical thinning sprays and have noticed Rubinette on M-9 rootstock produces a half size larger apple than on seedling rootstock. We are testing to grow this apple on the more precocious rootstocks to improve size. As a commercial grower, we have access to sixe improving chemicals that do help, unfortunstely these products are not available tp backyard growers.We have no pest issues specific to this apple.Here at Feul 1908 Famoly Orchard we intent to grow Rubennette on a anall commercial scale. more >>

04 Apr 2015John JohnWESTERN STATES (AZ, CA, UT), United States

Apple - Opal

The Opal apple is excellent. Give Kudos to the developers. more >>

02 Apr 2015Sydney bOHIO, USA, United States

Apple - Honeycrisp

About 20 years ago I got some Honeycrisps that were grown in Michigan by a Mennonite family. They were hands down the most extrordinary apples I have ever tasted--intensely sweet and tangy, spicy, complex flavor; crisp and juicy. They were huge, bigger than grapefruit and tasty all the way to the core. I could only get them for a few weeks each summer and I looked forward to it eagerly! What a disappointment when the commercially grown apples labeled Honeycrisp came to market. Are they even the same variety? At best, the commercially grown specimens hint at the sublime, zesty flavor of gorgeous apples from the lovingly tended Michigan orchard, but they miss the mark by a wide gap. more >>

01 Apr 2015JessicaQUEBEC, Canada

Apple - Cortland

My favorite! The ones I buy are from here (Québec) and are sold at a health foods’ store. They are organic, small, firm, crunchy, juicy, a little tart and very sweet. Their skin is a beautiful deep burgundy color, unlike the Cortlands I see at the regular food stores. The flesh is white. If I eat one with my eyes closed, I get a hint of blue grapes and strawberries! The ones I bought this week were stored for at least 4 months before they arrived on the shelves. These apples grow best in colder climate zones (zone 4-5-6). My only wish would be for the tree to be more resistant to diseases. more >>

28 Mar 2015Patrick DeaseyVIC, Australia

Apple - Fameuse

Bears very Biennially at Mt Macedon, Victoria, Australia. Very heavy crops some years. As the description says, colour varies a lot within the tree. Great for kids, my daughter takes bucket loads to her school and they are pounced on. I find it a little bland tasting, but the red skin and white flesh, with small size make it very attractive to kids. more >>

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