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.

Fruit varieties

Information on over 700 apple varieties, as well as pears, plums, and cherries.


Listings for over 2,000 orchards in the United States, Canada, UK and elsewhere.

Tree Register

Our Fruit tree register has details of more than 11,000 trees registered by their owners, including blossom and harvest records.

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', and like many old apple varieties Cox's Orange Pippin was discovered as a chance seedling.

Recent variety reviews

You can add your own comments on any variety page.

  • Apple - Red Astrachan

    29 Mar 2020 
    The Astrakhan variety of apple figures prominently in "The Emigrants" series of novels by Vilhelm Moberg. These books tell the story of farmers who emigrated to Minnesota from Sweden. The wife of the main character misses the apples, so her husband arranges for seeds to be sent to their farm from family in Sweden.
  • Apple - Opal

    29 Mar 2020 
    I love this apple! I’ve never tasted anything like it before. Firstly it’s beautiful and almost glows yellow. It is both sweet and tart. The unusual thing for me is that it has flower-like overtones. I have never tasted that in an apple before.
  • Apple - Keepsake

    29 Mar 2020 
    Years ago I occasionally bought Keepsake apples at some of the suburban orchards around Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. They were difficult to find as the orchards that grew them would not offer them until November and most of my apple orchard roaming was over by them. I remember the Keepsake as being hard, crunch, sweet and aromatic. They are hard to find but is you stumble across an orchard that offers them, buy a bunch as they keep very well.
  • Apple - Ellison's Orange

    28 Mar 2020 
    I have an Ellison's Orange tree in my garden. I love to pick these and eat them straight from the tree. I don't like aniseed, but I can't taste that in them. Its my favourite apple when eaten fresh like this. Delicious flavour. Not too sweet, but not sharp either.
  • Apple - Pink Lady

    23 Mar 2020 
    I love Pink Lady apples because to me they taste like lemonade and so crisp! Perfect balance of sweet and tart.

Latest spring blossom records from registered fruit trees

Find out how to record your blossom dates in our Fruit Tree Register.

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