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

01 May 2015Kirsty LewisSOUTHLAND, New Zealand

Apple - Keswick Codlin

My tree is 3 years old and I was very happy to get my first apple this year. Only one! This tree was given to me as a gift from my parents when I bought my first home in NZ. I grew up opposite Gleaston Castle where it was found growing on a rubbish dump so this variety has sentimental value for my family and provides a connection to "home". There is a fantastic heritage orchard project run through our local environment centre which sources trees from old homesteads in the area which would have been brought by early settlers and carries them on for future generations. more >>

01 May 2015Edward HennerNSW, Australia

Apple - Cox's Orange Pippin

Excellent flavour. Highly recommended. I have a small tree growing in Katoomba, NSW, Australia. However, a word of caution. I recently visited a nearby orchard where to my surprise the owner was pulling out his grove of cox's orange pippin. He said that they produced rather mealy apples, and he thought his source of trees was inferior. more >>

01 May 2015Edward HennerNSW, Australia

Apple - Lord Lambourne

Great tasting apple. Very similar to Cox's Orange Pippin but earlier by about 3 weeks. Highly recommended. I grow it in Katoomba, NSW, Australia. more >>

29 Apr 2015PhilSTAFFORD, United Kingdom

Apple - Scrumptious

My first year of this apple produced very bright red fruit, but very small. I left them on the tree as long as possible and they tasted terrible. The second year birds had many of the buds but I got a few good apples which I picked early and they were juicy sweet and crisp, totally different to the first year. This year 2015 I netted the tree over winter and have abundant blossom 25th April, so fingers crossed. more >>

29 Apr 2015PhilSTAFFORD, United Kingdom

Apple - Topaz

Sainsburys are marketing Hereford Topaz organic apples in April. I must say they taste superb. One or two are going a bit wooly but on the whole they could be straight off the tree. English apples in April would have been impossible a few years ago! Cox went off sale in Jan and Gala in March, this is English apples of course and these were as good as off the tree if not better for storage. more >>

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