Black Oxford Apples This page first published: Oct 8, 2006 · Modified: Jun 17, 2018 · by CooksInfo. Copyright © 2020 · This post may contain affiliate links · This blog generates income via ads · Black Oxford Apples have dark purply-red skin with a dark blue “bloom” on it. The tree is very cold hardy, but it does tend to bear every other year. Cooking Tips Good for cooking and cider; also fresh-eating. History Notes Black Oxford Apples originated in Maine, USA, in the 1860s.