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Cockpit Improved apple

A Yorkshire cooking apple, highly esteemed in the 19th century. Soft and juicy with plenty of acidity. Cooks to a pleasantly flavoured sweet puree.
Last updated 18 Mar 2012.

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14 Oct 2009 
Searching tree (unkempt) probablyplanted 1950s behind a 1 BR (?Sears?) house. Smallish yellow, unsure of staining as unkempt, fed, and is mass producing on 1988 sucker pull/cut, heavy bloomer, fruit after yard feed is 2" circumfrence, tart, solid, lots of bees but no sign of coddling moth (acidity?). I did not get a chance to cook any of this fruit, as this was a rent house. Neighbor ID'd as 'crab apple' ...doubt it by the size, but some antique varieties were not large and generally id'd as such, expec when tart.

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A Yorkshire cooker, cooks to a sweet puree. An improved version of the original Cockpit.

Cockpit Improved phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1831
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1012
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1943-010


  • Fruit colour: Green


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Average growth

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