Ribston Pippin is an heirloom apple first discovered in Ribston Hall, Yorkshire, England 1688. According to Rowan Jacobson in Apples of Uncommon Character, the apple began its life when Sir Henry Goodricke, the lord of Ribston Hall brought back some seeds from an apple he enjoyed in Normandy. One of the seeds grew into a tree even better than the aforementioned apple, producing the Ribston Pippin. Ribston Pippin was a favorite variety for many years, until it was pushed from the spotlight by it's child, Cox Orange Pippin.
The apple is yellow, flushed bright orange, with a red blush. Flesh is hard, crisp, fine-grained, sugary, rich and aromatic, similar to a lackluster Cox Orange Pippin. While predominately used for fresh eating, it also produces a rich, high sugar and acid cider.
The tree is vigorous and upright, slow to bear and low productivity. High vitamin C content. Ripens in September in upstate New York, flavors mature between October-January. Hardy to zone 4.