Highly recommended, richly flavored, multi-colored, partly russeted late fall dessert apple. In the words of Robert Hogg, the preeminent English pomologist of the 19th century, “There is no apple which has ever been introduced to this country, or indigenous to it, which is more generally cultivated, more familiarly known, or held in higher popular estimation than Ribston Pippin.”
One should never assume an English apple will do as well in the U.S., but Ribston is an exception. It was brought to Kennebec County about the time of the Revolution and then became one of the state’s most important apples. Maine Farmer reported in 1854 that Ribston “does better in Maine than any where in the U.S.” Also well known as the parent of the even more famous Cox’s Orange Pippin, as well as of Starkey, one of my all-time favorite Maine apples. Blooms midseason. Z4. Maine Grown. (Standard: 3-6' bare-root trees)
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