Newtown Pippin is a traditional American apple variety with a history going back more than 250 years. It is not the prettiest apple you ever saw, but it is one of the best-flavoured - aromatic with plenty of acid and pleasantly refreshing, and sometimes a pineapple-like note. The flesh is dense, crisp and juicy.
Newtown Pippin is not an apple to eat straight from the tree, instead it should be harvested in mid-October and then stored in a cold dark frost-free shed for a month or so, which gives the rich sweet flavour time to develop. It is a versatile apple for use in the winter, for eating fresh, cookery and also for juicing.
The rich aromatic flavour of Newtown Pippin was held in high regard in Victorian England too. The well-known Victorian pomologist Hogg referrred to it as "A dessert apple, which, when in perfection, is not to be surpassed". Hogg also records that the Newtown Pippins tended to arrive in London markets in January, after the sea-voyage from the USA - at which point they will have been at the peak of flavour.
Custom graft varieties: Order before March 2023. Delivery in December 2023.
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If you do not hear from us by March you can contact us to pre-order for next autumn.
Newtown Pippin is a fairly reliable tree. Although susceptible to scab and most of the other diseases of apples, its natural vigour helps it to keep going.
It is a heavy-cropping variety and can lapse into biennial bearing - this can be prevented by thinning the crop in late spring (particularly in the "on" year).