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Laxton's Superb Apple
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The Laxton’s Superb is a beautiful, classic apple. It is medium in size and consistently round. The skin consists of a greenish-yellow background overlaid with a red/pink/purple flush. The side facing the sun tends to be redder, while the other side is streaked with orange, yellow, and red. Some fruits have russeting over the surface. The fine texture of the white flesh is crunchy and very juicy. The taste of the Laxton’s Superb can be compared to Cox’s Orange Pippin, but is generally sweeter, with less acidity and complexity. The sweetness of this apple is more in line with other antique Victorian varieties rather than modern sweet apples—balanced with other flavors.
Laxton’s Superb apple is available fall through early winter.
Laxton’s Superb is a Victorian apple released by the English apple growers Laxton Brothers Nursery in the early 1900s. This is a late season variety of Malus domestica, not to be confused with the many other varieties the Nursery released with the name Laxton: Laxton’s Favorite, Laxton’s Herald, Laxton’s Leader, Laxton’s Royalty, etc. The Superb’s parents are the famed Cox’s Orange Pippin and the Dutch Wyken Pippin. Sports of the Laxton’s Superb include Crimson Superb, Red Superb, and Russet Superb.
Apples are good sources of several beneficial nutrients. One medium apple has about 14% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C (although Laxton’s Superb has less Vitamin C content than the average apple). Apples also contain about 4 grams of dietary fiber, essential for digestion. Apples contain few calories, and no fat, sodium, or cholesterol.
Primarily a dessert apple, Laxton’s Superb is best for fresh eating. Slice and serve on a cheese platter with a variety of cheddars and blue cheese, serve in salads, or simply eat fresh out hand. Laxton’s Superb can last for up to two months or so in the refrigerator.
Laxton’s Superb is a very easy apple to grow, and is popular with British gardeners today because it is a reliable cropper and is not particularly susceptible to disease. It flourishes where Cox’s Orange Pippin, a harder tree to grow successfully, does not.
Laxton Brothers Nursery in Bedford, England, first bred the Laxton’s Superb in 1897, although it wasn’t released to market until 1922. It was more popular as a commercial apple in the 20th century, but is today primarily a garden apple. Laxton’s Superb does best in temperate climates such as the United Kingdom, but does tolerate cold winters and freezing temperatures.