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Medieval Fruit Varieties

Variety: Lemon Pippin (17th c.)

Thought to be English or possibly of Norman origin. Fruits have firm, coarse-textured, dry, slightly acid flesh with a faint aromatic flavour.

Englischer Quittenapfel, Englischer Winter Quitten, Englischer Winter Quittenapfel, Englischer Winter-Quittenapfel, Englischer Winterquittenapfel, Kirk's Lemon Pippin, Kirke's Lemon Pippin, Kirkes Lemon Pippin, Konigin Sophien's Afpel, Konigin Sophienapfel, Konigin Sophiens, Konigin Sophiens Apfel, Konigin Sophiensapfel, Lemon, Limon de Galles, Limon de Galles Pippin, Limonen Reinette, Limonien Apfel, Pepin Lemon des Galles, Pepin Limon de Galles, Pudding Apple, Quince, Quince Appel, Quince Apple, Reine Sophie, Reinette de Madere, Reinette Limon de Galles, Reinette von Madeira, Sophia, Verte de Madere, Waliser Limonen Pepping, Winter Queen

[Source: UK National Fruit Collection ]

Fruit: size medium, W61 x L66 mm; shape tall, truncate-conic, convex, often a large protuberance at the pedicel, not ribbed; skin yellow, dotted; flesh firm, crisp greenish white; flavor acid; season very late. Tree: vigorous, upright-spreading. Produces spurs very freely. Old, late-keeping, dual purpose apple. Too small for culinary purposes. Primarily a garden variety.

[Source: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (13 May 2011) ]