Newtown Pippin Apples
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Newtown Pippins are medium and variable in shape, tending toward flat or oblong with ribbing. They have a green or yellow skin, sometimes with a pink blush and lenticels. The dense and juicy flesh is yellow to greenish-white. The flavor is excellent, balanced between sweet and acidic, honeyed and refreshing with notes of pineapple. The flavor is best after the apple has been stored for at least a month, rather than picked straight from the tree.
Newtown Pippins apples are available mid-fall through winter.
Newtown Pippin apples are a well-known, late-season antique variety of Malus domestica from colonial American times. There is debate over whether are two distinct types of Newtown Pippins—a green and a yellow. Some think there are in fact two, while others believe that there is just one variety that is green but can flush yellow in some places. It is also sometimes called the Albemarle Pippin. The parentage is unknown, although Newtown Pippins are the parent of several apple varieties itself, including Ginger Gold, Virginia Gold, and Lamb Abbey Pearmain.
One medium apple has less than 100 calories, and no sodium, fat, or cholesterol. Apples do contain plenty of beneficial nutrients. The 4 grams of dietary fiber in an apple aids in digestion, and represents 17% of the daily recommended value of intake. Apples also contain Vitamin C and other antioxidants, and small amounts of Vitamin B and boron.
This is a versatile apple, good for eating fresh, cooking, juicing, drying, and making hard cider. They cook down into a pleasant puree, and are excellent in pies, applesauce, and made into jelly or jam. The unique flavor pairs well with traditional apple spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, and light, floral honey. This variety can keep for three months or more in proper cool, dry conditions such as the refrigerator.
The popularity of Newtown Pippins has waned over time, although it used to be an extremely valued apple in both the US and England. It was particularly popular in Victorian England, where customers and pomologists alike loved its unique and rich flavor. Since then, it has declined in commercial popularity, though some still seek it out as an antique variety, and it is still grown primarily for processing use.
Newtown Pippins were first grown on the estate of Greshom Moore on Newtown, Long Island from a seed brought over from England, possibly as early as 1666. They were later grown by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson at their estates. Newtown Pippin apples were one of the first apples grown in the US, and one of the first apple exports from the United States to England around 1759, where it was very popular during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was grown commercially in New York, Virginia, Oregon, and Washington in the 1800s. Newtown Pippins grow best in warmer climates, and are particularly well-suited for states such as Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia.
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