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Ribston Pippin

Ribston Pippin are medium to large-sized apples with an irregular, ribbed shape.

The greenish-yellow skin has brownish-orange blushes and red stripes. It is often russetted at the top and bottom.

Inside, the pale, cream-coloured flesh is very firm. It is somewhat juicy though sometimes drier. The apple is very sweet and fragrant.

Ribston Pippins are grown in America and in the UK.

Cooking Tips

This is a fresh-eating apple.


With 30.30 mg of vitamin C per 100mg, Ribston Pippin has one of the highest vitamin C ratios for apples.

Storage Hints

Does not store well.

History Notes

Ribston Pippins were discovered around 1707 at Ribston Hall near Knaresborough, Yorkshire, probably developed from seed sent to Sir Henry Goodricke from Rouen, Normandy, France in 1688. Only one seed grew and survived, and that was this tree. The original tree blew down in 1810, but stayed alive until 1835. When it died, another tree sprouted from the roots, and that second tree survived until the gale of 1928, which blew down not only that tree, but as well the two walnut trees under which George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, was reputed to have preached in Yorkshire.

Victorians loved this apple.

See also:

Russet Apples

Adam's Pearmain; Ard Cairn Russet Apple; Ashmead's Kernel; Bloody Butcher Apple; Carpentin Apple; Champlain Apple; Claygate Pearmain; Cox's Orange Pippin Apple; Egremont Russet Apple; Golden Russett Apples; Irish Peach Apple; Kerry Pippin Apple; Kill Apple; Ribston Pippin; Russet Apples; Saint Edmund's Pippin; Widows Friend Apple; Winesap Apples; Yarlington Mill Apple; York Imperial Apple; Zabergau Reinette Apples; Zuccalmaglio's Reinette Apples

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Also called:

Beautiful Pippin; Essex Pippin; Formosa; Glory Of York; Reinette Grenade Anglaise; Ribston; Ribstone; Rockhill's Russet; Travers; Travers Pippin


Oulton, Randal. "Ribston Pippin." CooksInfo.com. Published 20 March 2004; revised 24 February 2009. Web. Accessed 03/18/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/ribston-pippin>.

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