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Strawberry Pippin Apples
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Strawberry Pippin apples are a medium-sized variety, and tend toward round or slightly flat and have some ribbing. They are known as particularly beautiful apples, with a tough, light yellow skin layered with red striping. The side facing the sun is often blushed red or pink. While they generally do not have russetting, this variety develops some yellow-brown dots on the skin. The flesh is white, with a particularly crunchy and juicy texture. The Strawberry Pippins is primarily a sweet apple, without much tartness.
Strawberry Pippin apples are available in the fall.
Strawberry Pippin apples, botanical name Malus domestica, are an antique dessert variety from England. This is an attractive red/pink apple. The tree grows upright and fairly vigorously, and has good disease-resistance. The parentage of Strawberry Pippin apples is unknown.
Apples have several key nutrients. The soluble fiber in apples helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the circulatory system, while insoluble fiber is important for intestinal health. Apples also contain Vitamin C, which is generally located directly underneath the skin. Smaller amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron, Vitamin A, and folate are also present in apples.
The Strawberry Pippin is a dessert apple, best for fresh eating out of hand. Pair it with vegetables such as cabbage, celery, or beets in a salad; other fruit like apricots, cranberries, or pears; and honey, raisins, maple syrup, or nuts in desserts. Strawberry Pippins keep fairly well in cool, dry storage.
Many apples are called “pippins,” which describes how they originally were grown. Pippins are apples that grew from seeds by chance, without human intervention. Other apples are mutated branches on other varieties, or are grafted on to other trees, or developed by specific breeding practices. Someone—often a farmer—would find a chance apple tree that had grown from a tree and was worthwhile as an edible variety, then give it the name of pippin.
The exact history of the Strawberry Pippin apple is not known, though it likely originated in England. They were first recorded in 1874, and are now grown in the United States and Canada.
Recipes that include Strawberry Pippin Apples. One is easiest, three is harder.
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