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Honey Pippin apple

Honey Pippin is an interesting Cox-style variety from Suffolk, England, developed in the mid-20th century.  Although visually resembling Cox's Orange Pippin, and with a similar firm texture, the flavour is quite different with little of the aromatic quality associated with Cox's Orange Pippin.

Honey Pippin was named for its 'honeyed' flavour, which is a sought-after rich sweet flavour found most notably in (ripe) Golden Delicious and Grimes Golden.  However this flavour is only present in Honey Pippin after a very good summer; in a poor year the flavour is unremarkable, but still very pleasant.  Regardless of the name, this is basically a good apple with a pleasing flavour.

USDA identification images for Honey Pippin

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2011 season

    • 1st week September  2011  - tree owned by Jude in Peasenhall, United Kingdom


    • Species: Malus domestica - Apple
    • Originates from: Suffolk, United Kingdom
    • Introduced: 1950s
    • Developed by: J. Brooke, Newmarket / Wickhambrook Nurseries
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1981-141
    • We are grateful to Brogdale Farm - home of the UK National Fruit Collection - for providing samples of this variety.


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Flavour style (apples): Honeyed


    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Poor
    • Ploidy: Triploid
    • Vigour: Average vigour
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Average

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