Baddow Pippin apple


A name for Darcy Spice, a russet eating apple, discovered at The Hall, Tolleshunt D'Arcy in Essex in about 1785 and introduced commercially as Baddow Pippin in 1848 by John Harris of Broomfield, near Chelmsford. It flourishes in the hot, dry summers that are a feature of East Anglia. Properly ripened the fruit is spicily aromatic, sweet and acid at the same time. There is a tradition that this late-season apple is picked on Guy Fawkes Day (Bonfire Night, 5 November), though it is generally picked from late October, is stored and is at its best between January and May.

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