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Your top 10 varieties

These are the most popular variety pages visited on Orange Pippin in the last few months.

Top 10 by page hits

  1. 1. Apple - Cox's Orange Pippin

    Photo of Cox's Orange PippinThis is the benchmark for flavor in apples - from a good tree in a good year it can achieve exceptional flavor.
  2. 2. Apple - Honeycrisp

    Sometimes marketed as Honey Crisp or Honeycrunch, this is a crisp, and predominantly sweet, modern variety from the USA. It was developed by the University of Minnesota specifically for growers in cold climates, and is one of the most cold-hardy of apple varieties.
  3. 3. Apple - Pink Lady

    Photo of Pink LadyOne of the best-known modern apples, Pink Lady is actually a trademark and the variety is more correctly known as Cripps Pink.
  4. 4. Apple - Granny Smith

    Photo of Granny SmithThe most instantly-recognised of all apples, and perhaps Australia's most famous export.
  5. 5. Apple - Fuji

    Photo of FujiFuji is is by far the most successful Japanese apple variety, known for its crisp sweet-flavored flesh and long storage potential.
  6. 6. Apple - Gala

    Photo of GalaOne of the most widely-grown apple varieties, with a sweet pleasant flavour, and good keeping qualities.
  7. 7. Apple - Braeburn

    Braeburn was the first of the new wave of bi-colored supermarket apple varieties, and re-established the importance of flavor in commercial apples.
  8. 8. Apple - Ambrosia

    Photo of AmbrosiaA sweet modern apple variety from western Canada, quite similar to Golden Delicious. Discovered as a chance seedling in an orchard in British Columbia.
  9. 9. Apple - Red Delicious

    Photo of Red DeliciousOne of the most famous American apple varieties, a sport of Delicious, known for its bright red color.
  10. 10. Apple - Arkansas Black

    Photo of Arkansas BlackA long-keeping tart apple from Arkansas, USA - which goes almost black in storage.

Top 10 by visitor votes

  1. 1. Apple - Pink Lady

    Photo of Pink LadyOne of the best-known modern apples, Pink Lady is actually a trademark and the variety is more correctly known as Cripps Pink.
  2. 2. Apple - James Grieve

    A versatile cooking apple, excellent for juice, and widely used in breeding programmes.
  3. 3. Apple - Mutsu

    Photo of MutsuA versatile dual-purpose apple, sharp but still pleasant to eat fresh. Also known as Crispin.
  4. 4. Apple - Grimes Golden

    Photo of Grimes GoldenGreat historical interest as the probable parent of Golden Delicious, with similar sweet flavour and good keeping qualities, and widely planted during early 20th century.
  5. 5. Apple - Esopus Spitzenburg

    Photo of Esopus SpitzenburgOne of the great American apple varieties, thought to be Thomas Jefferson's favourite. Noted for its spicy flavour, and for its susceptibility to any and every disease afflicting apples.
  6. 6. Apple - Akane

    Photo of AkaneOne of the best early-season apples, better known in the USA than Europe, but would appeal to European tastes too.
  7. 7. Apple - Belle de Boskoop

    Photo of Belle de BoskoopA popular old dual-purpose apple from the Netherlands.
  8. 8. Apple - Ribston Pippin

    Photo of Ribston PippinFamous Yorkshire apple variety, probably the parent of Cox's Orange Pippin.
  9. 9. Apple - Jonathan

    Photo of JonathanA classic American variety, and widely regarded as one of the best flavoured with a good sweet/sharp balance. A precocious and productive tree in US apple-growing regions.
  10. 10. Apple - Laxton's Superb

    Photo of Laxton's SuperbThe definitive late Victorian dessert apple, firm, Cox-style but sweeter, understated but very "more-ish".

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