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King of the Pippins

Other names: Gold Winter Pearmain, Golden Pearmain, Golden Winter Pearmain, Reine de Reinettes, Hampshire Yellow, Jones’ Southampton Pippin, Prince’s Pippin, Shropshire Pippin. Plassart, Bonin, Lepage, Belrene. Also often referred to simply as “King” resulting in some confusion since this name is also used for Summer King, Warner King, and King David. Sometimes also referred to as Seek-No-Farther, but his name is also used as the synonym for Mountain Boomer, Westfield Seek-No-Farther and Yorkshire Greening.

Summary: See also Reine des Reinettes.

Identification: Small, round and oblong conical in shape. Sometimes lopsided. Yellow skin over which are reddish orange blushes, broken red stripes, frequently with russetting at the stem end. The stem is short and stout, the eye large and open in a moderately shallow basin.

Characteristics: Flesh is off-white, firm and fine-grained. Crisp, juicy and sweet, with a pleasant sweet-bitterness. Best almond flavour and sweetness develops when stored a week or two after harvest.

Uses: Excellent late dessert apple, but also makes wonderful pies (tends to hold its shape well and becomes yellowish when cooked) and adds sweetness and nuttiness to cider.

Origins: Widely grown in Europe since the 1700s and known in France as Reine de Reinettes and as Kroon Reinette in Holland, with both France and Holland claiming to be the birthplace of this apple. In the early 1800s, it was transposed to Britain where it went by the name of Golden Winter Pearmain. Then, along came nurseryman Kirk of Brampton who allegedly dubbed it the Queen of the Pippins and a few years later he listed an apple called King of the Pippins in his catalogues, allegedly in an effort to rebrand it. However, that's where the story becomes unclear. Considering the subtle differences in appearance, there is a possibility that the King of the Pippins may have originated as a seedling of the Reine des Reinettes, or perhaps a mutation there-of.

Cultivation: Moderately vigorous, upright spur bearer.

Ploidism: Diploid. Self fertile.

Mutations: King of the Pippins Russet is a sport of this variety which was discovered at the Roookery Farm in Hampshire, England during the mid-1950s

Notes: There has been some confusion over this apple and the Golden Winter Pearmain. According to some references, these are merely different colloquial names for the same variety. Others, particularly Robert Hogg, considered this the true King of the Pippins, differing from the Golden Winter Russet in that the latter has a golden yellow base colour, no major russetting save for the lenticels and a much longer stem set in a russeted cavity. He gave its harvest period almost a month and a half later than the King of the Pippins.

12 weeks

Cold storage: Keeps three months in cold storage.

Vulnerabilities: Resistant to scab and mildew, somewhat susceptible to canker

Harvest: Ready for harvest starting early in the fifth period

Status: dual

Pollination group: D

Pollination day: 13

King of the Pippins

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