Cox’s Orange Pippin is England’s favorite eating apple, with over 50% of the country’s dessert apple acreage devoted to growing this cultivar. Highly aromatic, finely textured and juicy, with spicy complexity in its flavor profile. Coloration is a mottled red over yellow skin. It has been used around the world as the parent stock for dozens of modern apples, including Karmijn de Sonnaville (Netherlands), Kidd’s Orange Red (New Zealand) and Rubinette (Switzerland).
Type: dessert/table fruit, juice, cider
Pedigree: Buckinghamshire, England, 1830, by Richard Cox.
Flowering group: 3
Ciders made with this apple
Foggy Ridge uses it as a blending apple for its aromatic qualities
Seven Oaks Farmhouse in Australia has made a cider from Cox’s Orange Pippin.
Why we planted it: As a classic dessert apple with a dual use as an aromatic sweet component in cider, the Cox’s Orange Pippin was a solid choice for our first experimental planting of heritage fruit. Time will tell how it performs in our short, high altitude growing season.
Stray Arrow Ranch trees
2012: 4 planted, G11/MM111 rootstock
Field and tasting notes
2014: Did not flower.