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Rubens (UK NFC) apple

Rubens is a particularly attractive Cox-style apple, originating from the Netherlands in the 1950s.  The flavour is sweet and pleasant but not particularly remarkable.  The flesh is quite soft and dry.

Not to be confused with a new variety from Italy with the same name which has just started to be promoted to supermarkets - see Rubens®.

Rubens (UK NFC) identification images

USDA identification images for Rubens (UK NFC)

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

    Visitor reviews

    • 18 Oct 2011  Netherlands
      I just had a Rubens from my local grocers. It was very (almost too) sweet, crunchy and surprisingly juicy so the description of dry, soft flesh didn't seem accurate to me.

    Tree register

    We don't have any registered trees for this variety yet.


    • Species: Malus domestica
    • Parentage: Cox's Orange Pippin and Reinette Rouge Etoilee
    • Introduced: 1954


    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Where to buy fresh fruit

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