Forfar Pippin Apple (medium)

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A confusing apple variety with at least two nurseries, separated by thousands of kilometres, appearing to claim ownership of the same image.

  • According to one of the earliest apple experts, Robert Hogg in his book The apple and its varieties, pub 1859: Forfar Pippin is "A small dessert apple of first rate quality, very excellent and very late, in use from January to June (northern hemisphere)" This implies a late ripening apple that keeps well.
  • According to The Horticulturist by John Loudon, revised William Robinson, pub. 1871: it is a Winter dessert apple in season (northern hemisphere) from January to March.
  • According to Orangepippin, a usually authoritative UK source, who name it Forfar Apple it is an old Dutch cooking variety which is late flowering.
  • According to a Tasmanian heritage apple seller it comes from Scotland, is suitable for eating and cooking and ripens mid-season.

Both Orange Pippin and the Tasmanian business use what appears to be the same image with one, or the other, having reversed it (i.e. mirror image). Both appear to claim ownership by having superimposed their own watermarks on the image. Confusing indeed!

Based on our limited review of the literature we believe it to be late ripening as well as flowering late, so best pollinated with varieties in pollination groups PG4 or PG5 including Akane, Dabinett, Fuji, Gala, Jonagold, Winter Banana. It is in our collection and when the birds and time permit we will photograph some ripe fruits and then eat them! Stay tuned.

Image (accessed 7/4/16) This is from Keepers Nursery website , another well respected UK nursery whose description seems consistent with most of the above sources.

  • Pollination Group: PG5
  • Uses: Eating
  • Harvest: April - May