Saturday, October 4, 2008

Apples on the Web: Orange Pippin

Web searches for apple varieties often find a link to Orange Pippin, an ambitious and impressive web site that is all about apples.

The site includes an apple tree registry with the goal of charting "an international map of apple tree varieties;" anyone with a tree is invited to contribute. For lowly apple enthusiasts like me there is an index of apple varieties and descriptions; though some descriptions are short readers are invited to comment and share their own tasting notes (many have). Other descriptions provide a wealth of information.

Orange Pippin also provides articles about apples and orchards and a service where readers can help each other to identify apple trees. The site is based in the United Kingdom and provides a British perspective; it apparently is also a labor (or labour) of love, with no obvious commercial ties. An admirable and useful work that will always be a work in progress.

The site is named for Cox's Orange Pippin, an excellent dessert apple popular in Europe and much prized by the site's webmaster. They are not common on this side of the pond but I will get some this month if I can.

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