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Wyken Pippin Apples
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Wyken Pippin apples are fairly small and somewhat flat in shape. They have greenish-gold skin with a brown-yellow flush and occasional lenticels. The taste is robustly fruity and aromatic, and has been described as brisk.
Wyken Pippin apples are available from late fall through winter.
Wyken Pippin apples (Malus domestica) are an antique variety that was very popular in the nineteenth century in Europe. The name “pippin” denotes that this apple was first grown from a seed. The tree bears a large amount of small, green apples that make an excellent fresh-eating fruit.
Apples are full of important nutrients and few calories. They contain Vitamin C, particularly just under the skin. They also contain various types of fiber, including soluble fiber that aids in cardiovascular health, and insoluble fiber, which aids healthy digestion.
This is primarily known as a fresh-eating, dessert variety apple rather than a cooking or baking apple. Try pairing with a British cheese such as cheddar, or slicing into salads. Wyken Pippins can be stored in a cool, dry area such as a refrigerator for up to three months.
The Wyken Pippin is unlike many of the most popular commercial varieties of apples today since it smaller than the average apple in stores today, and is not particularly remarkable in appearance. However, antique apples are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and Wyken Pippins can be found from growers who are interested in preserving historic fruits.
The precise history of the Wyken Pippin apple is not known, although it likely originated in either England or in Holland in the early 1700s. One theory is that the first Wyken Pippin seedling was grown by Lord Craven at Wyken in England, though the seed came from an unknown European apple, perhaps from France. During the 1800s, Wyken Pippins were very popular with gardeners and orchardists in England. It was also a well-established commercial variety before it fell out of favor with the advent of modern commercial farming.