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Rival apple



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.

Last updated 03 Feb 2013.

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20 Oct 2013 
We have a Rival tree in our garden. Apples taste quite sweet and cook well. They are not good "keepers" as they yend to become quite floury.



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A Cox-style cooking apple, commercially successful in the 1920s.

Origins

  • 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

Identification

  • Fruit colour: Green

Using

  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Textured puree
  • Flavour quality: Good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Late season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months

Growing

  • 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

  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Diseases

  • 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)
    Author: Taylor

Rival identification photos from official fruit collections

UK National Fruit Collection

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UK National Fruit Collection

Rival identification photos from website visitors



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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2013 season

  • May  2013  - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2013 season

  • 4th week August  2013  - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom

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