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Cockpit Improved apple

A Yorkshire cooking apple, highly esteemed in the 19th century. Soft and juicy with plenty of acidity. Cooks to a pleasantly flavoured sweet puree.

Cockpit Improved identification photos

UK National Fruit Collection
UK National Fruit Collection
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Visitor reviews

  • 14 Oct 2009  Maureen Reil,  BOISE (ADA) IDAHO, United States
    Searching tree (unkempt) probablyplanted 1950s behind a 1 BR (?Sears?) house. Smallish yellow, unsure of staining as unkempt, fed, and is mass producing on 1988 sucker pull/cut, heavy bloomer, fruit after yard feed is 2" circumfrence, tart, solid, lots of bees but no sign of coddling moth (acidity?). I did not get a chance to cook any of this fruit, as this was a rent house. Neighbor ID'd as 'crab apple' ...doubt it by the size, but some antique varieties were not large and generally id'd as such, expec when tart.

Tree register

United Kingdom


  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: Unknown
  • Originates from: Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
  • Introduced: 1831
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1012
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1943-010


  • Fruit colour: Green


  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cooking result: Puree
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp


  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Triploid
  • Pollinating others: Poor
  • Vigour: Average growth

Where to buy fresh fruit

United Kingdom

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