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

07 Jan 2018 MarieKNIVSTA, Sweden

Apple - Galloway Pippin

Galloway apples are also grown in Sweden. I have grafted Galloway pippin onto two of my apple trees. It is now my favorite apple variety (I grow 16 and know some 20 more). I love its unique, spicy crispness which improves with maturation. The apples keep well. I simply love my Galloway pippin apples! Too good for cooking, in my opinion. My best tip is to cut them in small squares and eat with yoghurt or porridge for breakfast, delicious! I give the flavor 5 out of five, exceptional! I don't know if it is know when and how the Galloway pippin came to Sweden. more >>

05 Jan 2018 Dave LiezenWA, United States

Apple - Hunt Russet

I should add that both sample fruits of Hunt were carmine red over most of the fruit - lots of sun here - and deep green at the apex. Tangerine and rose petal flavors, rose finish. more >>

03 Jan 2018 Margie ConnerMICHIGAN, United States

Apple - Delicious

Old-Fashioned Delicious is my favorite apple of all time! Sadly, our local apple orchard took out all their trees about fifteen years ago. Their reason for doing so was that the trees were short lived and not very hardy. Pooh! After reading your excellent article, I now have new ammunition with which to complain! I will also share. ?? ???? more >>

02 Jan 2018 FredaWELLINGTON, New Zealand

Apple - Ambrosia

When you can find the authentic Ambrosia, it is truly worthy of its name ambrosia. Unfortunately, in recent years we have bought apples passed off as Ambrosia but are nothing like it. I don't know if it is the stores or the growers here. Ambrosia looks very similar to a few others varieties available in NZ. The real, or best, Ambrosia is short and round, compared to NZ's Royal Gala and other varieties. The pink-red stripes are more distinct and evenly distributed primarily around the belt and bottom of the apple, with the crown of the apple displaying a lot more yellow colour not covered by the stripes. The bottom of the fruit often has a visible hollow inside what is the remains of the opening of the flower. This hollow can sometimes be deep. The yellow colour of the skin is brighter than the other varieties, too, instead of having a green tint. Its flesh is honey-coloured or pale gold, not antique white. Its consistency is crisp but tender, not a strong crunchy like in a Braeburn.  more >>

02 Jan 2018 EllieIOWA, United States

Apple - Honeycrisp

I was first turned onto the Honeycrisp apple by a friend who sent one to me from Iowa to California, where I lived at the time. It was Crisp and juicy and sweet and just the best apple I ever had. Then suddenly they started showing up in our store in California but I was very disappointed in the flavor I think they may have been grown somewhere else other than the Midwest. Now I live in Iowa and I buy the honeycrisp apples here and they are definitely different than the honeycrisp apples I had in California. The Midwest honeycrisp apples are extremely crisp sweet and juicy. Chilled they're just amazing! more >>

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