Why Cox’s Orange Pippin Apples?:
The Cox is the quint essential English apple, widely said to have the finest taste of them all.The History:This is the classic English apple, often regarded as the finest of all dessert apples, and the inspiration for this website. It arose in England in the 19th century as a chance seedling, and has inspired apple lovers ever since. It remains unsurpassed for its richness and complexity of flavour.Two characteristics tend to be apparent in its offspring to a greater or lesser extent. Firstly the relatively pronounced and complex “aromatic” flavour which elevates it above most other varieties. Secondly, the striking and attractive orange-red colouring.It is the range and complexity of flavours which makes Cox’s Orange Pippin so appealing to enthusiasts of the “English” style of apple. This is a variety for the connoisseur, who can delight in the appreciation of the remarkable range of subtle flavours – pear, melon, freshly-squeezed Florida orange juice, and mango are all evident in a good example. Almost all other apples taste one-dimensional alongside a good Cox’s Orange Pippin.The term “orange” in the context of apple varieties commonly refers to an apple with an orange flush. Many of these varieties such as Kidd’s Orange Red, Ellison’s Orange and Tydemann’s Late Orange are related to Cox, but it can be applied to others such as Blenheim Orange.Not surprisingly, Cox has been frequently used in breeding programmes, with growers seeking to marry its unique flavour with desirable characteristics from other varieties. Whilst some might argue that none of its offspring achieve the unique blend of flavours that Cox does, many of these varieties are nonetheless excellent in their own right – and to many people are more appealing than the more “serious” nature of the Cox.Unfortunately England’s greatest apple is not particularly easy to grow. It needs a relatively cool maritime climate and is also prone to diseases.Although quite widely available in UK supermarkets, either from UK or New Zealand suppliers, in our experience these apples often have an empty flavour and can be very disappointing, given the legendary reputation of this variety therefore buying directly from growers, farmers markets and shops is the best solution.Cox’s Orange Pippin is unquestionably the benchmark against which all others are measured, as well as being (along with Golden Delicious) one of the most influential apples for the development of other varieties.
Ways to Use Them:
Good for eating , also for juice and cider.