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If you are interested in apple varieties and orchards you have come to the right place. Our website aims to be the most comprehensive resource for apples and orchards:

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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Latest harvest records from registered fruit trees

  • 4th week September 2014  Victoria owned by Esiah in LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 4th week September 2014  Grimes Golden owned by Lynnie in CORVALLIS, United States
  • September 2014  McIntosh owned by Irene in YALE, Canada
  • September 2014  Festival (Syn. Delorgue) owned by Matt in BLACKLION, Ireland
  • September 2014  Claygate Pearmain owned by Pip in RYE, United Kingdom

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Recent visitor comments about listed varieties

14 Sep 2014TinaID, United States

Apple - Haralson

It is mid-Sept and we are still waiting to harvest our Haralson tree, but they seem like they will be delicious from the ones we've tasted. It is planted next to a Honeycrisp which was devoured by insects of all sorts. The Haralson was not bothered at all by the insects. The tree is only 3 years old and I will be getting a good crop of apples from in. more >>

13 Sep 2014David lPA, United States

Apple - Honeycrisp

My wife and I blind taste tested the two dozen varieties offered by the local farmer's market and Honeycrisp came out number one two years in a row. Sweet, crunchy, and a hint of tartness, make this the best apple I've tried yet. We also dried all the apples and once again, Honeycrisp came out on top in blind taste testing. Sadly it's the most expensive at the market, but worth it.  more >>

12 Sep 2014Dave LiezenWA, United States

Apple - Arlet

Nice size, nice color, nice flavor - if you prefer sweet over all else, which is why I give it three stars only. For my home orchard, this is not a candidate: although reports say it has the moderate vigor of Golden Delicious, it also has GD's vulnerability to scab, mildew and cedar apple rust. For a sweet apple, look into Beacon and Macoun (easy to manage and interesting aromas); for sweet/tart and flavor, look into Lord Lambourne, one of the best apples for the back yard you can find. more >>

12 Sep 2014David GoldstoneLONDON, United Kingdom

Apple - Cox's Orange Pippin

When it's good it's very very good. But sadly almost all shop-bought cox are not good. Indeed I can't remember the last time I had a decent cox. The shop-sold ones tend to be flabby and dull and give the true fruit a bad name. Why Oh Why don't shops seek out the real thing instead of palming us off with rubbish? more >>

12 Sep 2014David GoldstoneLONDON, United Kingdom

Apple - Sturmer Pippin

Haven't seen a Sturmer in the shops for years. It used to be possible to buy New Zealand fruit but not any more. From what I remember, an excellent tart but richly flavoured apple. I'd love to try one again. more >>

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