Apples and orchards, pears, plums, cherries - flavors, tasting notes, identification
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

29 Jul 2018 Marilyn DeeganCA, United States

Apple - Anna

Our Anna apple tree in Long Beach, CA, has been producing for 7-8 years. It blossoms so heavily that I must thin the blossoms or the fruit would break the branches. It is constantly in fruit or blossom, sometimes at the same time. This spring the worms were very bad and if fruit is left to ripen on the tree the bottom end starts to mush. How can I save our fruit? more >>

20 Jul 2018 DanielleKELOWNA, Canada

Apple - Orin

There is an orchard it's in the Okanagan, British Columbia who grows them. Can often get them at the local farmers markets or the Urban Harvest bin delivery company in Kelowna, BC. They are heavenly! Even tried to find the orchard to get a cutting and grow my own, but couldn't. more >>

18 Jul 2018 Leha CarpenterCA, United States

Apple - Braeburn

I just taste-tested a Braeburn against a Pink Lady. First, Pink Lady is a solidly good apple, but not my favorite. I use it as a benchmark because it’s reliable, good in all categories I test, and available most of the time in my area. Second, I taste each apple plain/raw, plain/cooked, raw with cinnamon, and cooked with salt and brown sugar. These are just my personal ways of eating apples, so goodness in these categories works for me. Third, I like fruit to have a characteristic scent. An apple should smell like an apple! Okay, so Braeburn: Fresh and raw, it is nice. Has a nice, yielding crunch, and is sweet. I would call it subacid. Cooked, it is disappointing. It has an odd smell, and tastes kind of like a cactus. It retains its sweetness, but loses all subtlety. The raw form is decent with cinnamon, but kind of not strong enough to balance cinnamon’s intensity out. Cooking with salt and sugar did not improve it much, and that is a difficult achievement. I would not waste space in my garden for this one when I could grow Honeycrisps and Newton Pippins. more >>

09 Jul 2018 AntonBRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada

Apple - Pumpkin Sweet

If there any Canadians viewing this post, where did you get your trees/ scionwood? The one lady mentions Tillich Nursery, but they don't ship, as far as I can tell and I am a few thousand miles away. more >>

09 Jul 2018 AntonBRITISH COLUMBIA, Canada

Apple - Pixie Crunch

I've grown 8 of these trees over the years, 3 on M7 and 5 on G30... all in North Carolina. While fireblight and cedar-apple rust can be severe, they can be grown in the Southeast with a good fungicide/insecticide program. They have a great flavor and the crispness is exceptional. Of the over 50 kinds of apples I have grown, this was the most popular with folks. It is among my top 10 favorite apples for fresh eating. more >>

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