Cox’s Orange Pippin

There’s not much to recommend a cool, rainy spring day unless you’re planting a fruit tree, which is just what I did.

It’s an heirloom Cox Orange Pippin, highly esteemed in England as a dessert apple, it produces excellent fruit in cooler summer climates. First grown in 1830 England, it’s a medium sized apple, red and yellow, usually striped. The flesh is yellow, crisp, juicy, richly aromatic and some say almost spicy. The flavor is enhanced when fruit ripens off the tree. When Cox Orange Pippin apples are ripe they can be shaken, the seeds make a rattling sound since the seeds are loosely secured in the apple core.

And it’s all mine, from “Trees of Antiquity.” Two years to fruit. The only downside is mud on the kitchen floor, but she’ll never notice.Unknown-1

About lifegrower

Peter V. Fossel has been gardening since he was nine, and has been an organic farmer for the last 20 years. His most recent book, “Organic Farming, Everything You Need to know” was published by Voyageur Press, Minneapolis, 2007. He’s written numerous gardening articles for Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Country Journal, Out Here, and American Profile among others. He was Gardens Manager for The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson in Tennessee before returning to Cape Cod to start his newest organic venture, Swan River Farm in Dennisport, MA.
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