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Saint Edmund's Pippin apple

Saint Edmund's Pippin is a typical English russet apple - sometimes known as Saint Edmund's Russet.  It is very similar to the more widely-known Egremont Russet.  Its season is slightly earlier and it does not keep particularly well.  The flavour however is arguably richer than Egremont Russet, and the flesh seems juicier - it is not necessarily a better apple, but fans of russet apples tend to think the flavour is superior.

Although a tendency to russeting is a feature of many apple families and varieties (including Golden Delicious and Cox's Orange Pippin), those varieties which exhibit heavy or complete russeting such as Saint Edmund's Pippin are clearly closely related to each other in some way - although interestingly very little is known about the parentage of any of the classic russet varieties.  However these russet varieties are often very good varieties for the garden - the trees generally grow in a neat fashion and have very good disease resistance, and tolerate a wide range of growing situations.

Again like several other russet varieties, Saint Edmund's Pippin produces a good juice and can be used for cider production.

Last updated 27 Jan 2013.

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Current rating: 4.3 out of 5. Total votes cast: 12

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09 Oct 2018 
Love this variety. It is sweet but tangy, richly flavoured, easy to grow. Juicier than Egremont, superior to Egremont in my opinion. Damp climate proof, no disease at all over the last 5 years. Downsides: it does not keep at all, max 2 weeks and turns brown very quickly and leans to tip bearing. But if you are looking for a russet apple with great flavour that is diseases resistant, this is definately worth considering.

16 Sep 2016 
Hints of lime citrus in crisp white flesh. Not particularly juicy but not dry either. Dull yellow skin with marks of russetting here in New England.

30 Apr 2016 
I've always loved Egremonts but this is an even nicer russet. Do be careful to let it ripen on the tree otherwise it can be disappointing.

06 Oct 2013 
My favourite russett apple. Sweet and juicy with a touch of pear flavour. Crops reasonably well in most years in North England.

07 Jan 2012 
My favorite apple - I liked it so much I bought the tree. Crops well for an early.

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A popular russet apple with the characteristic sandpaper skin and sweet flavour. Often known as St. Edmund's Russet.

Saint Edmund's Pippin phototape


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1875
  • Developed by: Mr R. Harvey
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1549
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1977-161


  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Gold
  • Bultitude apple group: 8. Russeted, sweet


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • Fruit bearing: Partial tip-bearer


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


  • Canker  - Some resistance
  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some resistance
  • Cedar apple rust  - Some resistance

References and further reading about this variety

Saint Edmund's Pippin identification photos from official fruit collections

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Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • 22nd April  2017  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 9th May  2016  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 27th April  2015  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2014 season

  • 21st April  2014  - tree owned by Zoe in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 19th April  2014  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2013 season

  • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Jean in Martock, United Kingdom
  • 13th May  2013  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 2nd week September  2017  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2016 season

  • 3rd week September  2016  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2015 season

  • 3rd week September  2015  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 4th week September  2013  - tree owned by Zoe in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    • 3rd week September  2013  - tree owned by Bill in , United Kingdom

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