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Rubens (UK NFC) apple

Rubens is a particularly attractive Cox-style apple, originating from the Netherlands in the 1950s.  The flavour is sweet and pleasant but not particularly remarkable.  The flesh is quite soft and dry.

Not to be confused with a new variety from Italy with the same name which has just started to be promoted to supermarkets - see Rubens®.

Rubens (UK NFC) identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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Visitor reviews

  • 28 Oct 2011  Keith,  NOTTS, United Kingdom
    @Joanne - I think you must have had one of the newer variety of trademarked Rubens, I've just had one and it was exactly as you described it, I'd like to try one of these, although I suspect I wouldn't like it as much as the other ones as I like them crisp, sweet and juicy.
  • 18 Oct 2011  Joanne,  Netherlands
    I just had a Rubens from my local grocers. It was very (almost too) sweet, crunchy and surprisingly juicy so the description of dry, soft flesh didn't seem accurate to me.

Tree register

We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet.


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin and Reinette Rouge Etoilee
  • Originates from: Wageningen, Netherlands
  • Introduced: 1954
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1174
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1955-008


  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Where to buy fresh fruit

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