Ribston Pippin
 

Ribston Pippin

Fruit of the Month - November 2015

A classic Yorkshire apple

First ReportedEarly C18th
LocationKnaresborough Yorkshire
UseDessert
AppearanceGreen-yellow
CropsOctober
EatOctober-December

Ribston Pippin is a classic late dessert variety which, according to reports, originated at Ribston Hall, Knaresborough, Yorkshire, from seed acquired in Rouen circa 1688. It received an RHS Award of Merit in 1962.

It is a medium-sized, roundish apple with a greenish yellow skin which becomes deep yellow when ripe and is covered in varying amounts of orange brown flush. It also displays distinctive broken red stripes and fruits in full sun are particularly colourful.

Flesh is pale yellow, finely textured, juicy and richly aromatic. It was a great favourite with the Victorians and Robert Hogg (1844) considered Ribston Pippin to be the king of dessert apples. It is picked in early October and its season of use is October to December.

External Sites with Further Information

RHS     Orange Pippin

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