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Jupiter apples are exceptional in appearance and taste. They are medium to large in size and oval in shape, but can be irregular and misshapen. The skin is made up of a yellow-green background overlaid with an orange and red flush and striping similar to Cox’s Orange Pippin, with little russeting. The flesh is off-white with a green tinge. The texture is also similar to Cox’s—juicy, dense, and firm. The excellent aromatic flavor is fairly sharp balanced with sweetness. The large tree crops heavily and features large beautiful pink and white flowers late in the blossoming season.
Jupiter apples are available in the fall through early winter.
The Jupiter apple is one of the many varieties of apple available (botanical name Malus domestica) that can count the popular Cox’s Orange Pippin as one of its parents. Jupiter is a modern cross of Cox’s and Starking developed in the UK.
Apples are made up mostly of carbohydrates and water. One apple has about 95 calories, no fat, and little protein. They also have approximately 3 grams of fiber, which maintains digestive health and keeps healthy cholesterol levels. Apples additionally contain antioxidant phytochemicals that help prevent damage in the heart and blood vessels.
Jupiter apples are best for fresh eating out of hand and make an excellent snacking and dessert variety. Slice into green salads, cut up in fruit salads with pears, blackberries, and citrus, and pair with cheddar or cottage cheese. Jupiter apples are also sometimes used in cider and juice making. This variety keeps well in refrigeration for up to three months.
Researchers and growers have spent many years looking for a good cross with Cox’s Orange Pippin. The original Cox is very popular in the UK and is well-known for its superior texture and flavor. However, it can be difficult to grow. Jupiter apples are one of many that have been bred in an attempt to use Cox’s genes to create a new high-quality variety.
The first Jupiter apple was grown from seed in the mid-1960s by Dr. F. Alston at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK. The new variety was introduced to market in 1981 and won the Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit award in 1993. Jupiter apples grow best in temperate climates such as England, but can tolerate colder winters.