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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Latest harvest records from registered fruit trees

  • 2nd week October 2017  Winston owned by Robert in ENFIELD, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week October 2017  Suncrisp owned by Wendy in ZIONSVILLE, United States
  • 2nd week October 2017  Red Falstaff owned by deadbird in Epsom, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week October 2017  Red Falstaff owned by deadbird in Epsom, United Kingdom
  • 2nd week October 2017  Topaz owned by John in NEWARK, United Kingdom

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Recent visitor comments about listed varieties

15 Oct 2017 MarionWEST YORKSHIRE, United Kingdom

Apple - Howgate Wonder

I have a tree in the garden of my victorian house. My neighbour at the back, who was a centigenarian, told me that he and his friend, as a pair of 7 year olds, helped plant this tree. It is over a hundred years old and this year had a huge crop with branches hanging very low laden with the huge fruits. Most of the apples went for juicing for an Apple Day celebration run by the next village Incredible Edible group. I mainly bake or make chutneys with mine but I will try and eat some after hearing everyones comments! The fruit doesn't need much sugar and doesn't go to mush. The juice was mixed with juice from some sweeter apples and tastes delicious. I think I might look how to make cider for next year! more >>

14 Oct 2017 Michael ClarkeNOTTS, United Kingdom

Apple - Kidd's Orange Red

After much research I planted one of these trees as an espalier in a sunny corner of my garden three years ago. Just had my first crop, not heavy, just a dozen apples but the fruit were larger than expected from the description I'd read, those dozen weighing in at a tad under 7lb. The apples are delicious. When eaten straight after picking they are crisp but after a couple of days change to being as described. The flavour is exceptional, possibly more sweet than a Cox but I would say the difference is imperceptible, all in I'm very pleased with my choice and am hoping for more crop next year. more >>

12 Oct 2017 Catherine HallMT, United States

Apple - Belmac

It was a good and bad year for my one Belmac. I planted it about 5 years ago here in NW Montana. We got our first blooms and apples this year. They were lovely to look at and delicious. The tree has been trouble free and the shape is very nice. It needs just a bit of thinning. Unfortunately voles figured out how to get into the tree tube that has worked well for all five years. I doubt it will survive but will replant. more >>

11 Oct 2017 SusanMINNESOTA, United States

Apple - SweeTango

Eaten raw and fresh off the tree, SweeTango are hard to beat. I consider them a fall treat. However, they are pretty poor as cooking apples. I tried making a crisp of them, and not only didn't they soften, they were a bit tough. All the nuance of the raw apple disappeared when I cooked them. They also don't keep. They get mealy and bland after a week on the counter, two in the root cellar. When they first came out, I had hoped to get a tree when the commercial license came off them. But they really are not great for a home orchard. They don't keep, and they are a one trick pony. I will, however, purchase a few early in the season to enjoy fresh because for that purpose they are very good. more >>

10 Oct 2017 DavidUnited Kingdom

Apple - Crimson Crisp

Outstanding firm crisp texture and rich tart flavour. Doesn't quite have the complexity of a top-notch cox orange pippin but certainly one of the best available commercially grown apple varieties. more >>

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