Owner's commentsLocal variety from about 1790. Black Oxford's most distinctive characteristic is its rich dark purple skin color. Sometimes the purple looks almost black. A tree full of deep purple Black Oxfords is a sight everyone should see some time in their life. The visual effect is unique and even awe-inspiring. The trees tend to overbear which looks all the more spectacular, but can result in smaller sized fruit. Black Oxford undoubtedly gained its popularity from its excellent storage quality and heavy regular bearing, combined with its unique and desirable flavor. Good eating, cooking and cider apple.