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Rival apple

By the early 20th century Cox's Orange Pippin was well-established as the premier English apple.  However it was not the easiest to grow, and many attempts were made to cross it with varieties which were easier to manage.  Rival is slightly unusual in that the other parent is Peasgood's Nonsuch, a well-regarded English cooking apple, which imparts good disease resistance and a much shaper flavour.

Rival is a good variety for attracting deer as the apples stay on the tree into winter.

Rival identification images

USDA identification images for Rival

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.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety


    Offspring of this variety


    Visitor reviews

    • 20 Oct 2013  NORFOLK, United Kingdom
      We have a Rival tree in our garden. Apples taste quite sweet and cook well. They are not good "keepers" as they yend to become quite floury.

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    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2013 season

    • May  2013  - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2013 season

    • 4th week August  2013  - tree owned by Sheila in Methwold, United Kingdom

    Origins

    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: Peasgood Nonsuch x Cox's Orange Pippin
    • Introduced: 1907

    Using

    • Picking season: Late
    • Cropping: Good
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
    • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Cooking result: Textured puree

    Growing

    • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency

    Climate

    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy

    Identification

    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Fruit colour: Green

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.



    References

    • Apples of England (1948)
      Author: Taylor

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