By the early 20th century Cox's Orange Pippin was well-established as the premier English apple. However it was not the easiest to grow, and many attempts were made to cross it with varieties which were easier to manage. Rival is slightly unusual in that the other parent is Peasgood's Nonsuch, a well-regarded English cooking apple, which imparts good disease resistance and a much shaper flavour.
A Cox-style cooking apple, commercially successful in the 1920s.
- Species: Malus domestica
- Parentage: Peasgood Nonsuch x Cox's Orange Pippin
- Originates from: Berkshire, United Kingdom
- Introduced: 1907
- Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 2070
- UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1907-006
- Fruit colour: Green
- Uses: Eat fresh
- Uses: Cooking
- Cooking result: Textured puree
- Flavour quality: Good
- Flavour style: Sharper
- Harvest period: Late season
- Use / keeping: 1-2 months
- Cropping: Good
- Flowering period: Mid season
- Flowering group: 3
- Fertility: Partially self-fertile
- Ploidy: Diploid
- Vigour: Average growth
- Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
- Gardening skill: Average
- Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
- General disease resistance: Good
- Climate suitability: Temperate climates
- Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters
- Scab - Some resistance
Relationships to other varieties
Parents and other ancestors of this variety:
Offspring of this variety:
References and further reading about this variety
- Apples of England (1948)
Rival identification photos from official fruit collections
UK National Fruit Collection©Crown Copyright more >
Rival identification photos from website visitors
Fruit tree register
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The following Rival trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.
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- Helmut Mueller in Neukirch, THURGAU
Latest Spring blossom records for this variety
- May 2013 - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom
Latest harvest records for this variety
- 4th week August 2013 - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom
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