Apple - Fiesta

Fiesta Apple

Malus domestica
A crisp, juicy, sweet apple with some Cox flavour which crops well and keeps extremely well.

Origin: Kent UK 1972

Pollination:  Fiesta is partially self-fertile and would produce some crop without a pollinator but would benefit considerably from a pollinator. Show suitable pollination partners

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History and description of Fiesta

Raised by Dr F Alston, East Malling Research Station, Kent, UK from Cox's Orange Pippin x Idared 1972. Received an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1987. Originally called Fiesta but attempts are now being made to popularise the new name Red Pippin. Grown commercially on a small scale in the UK.

Medium sized, flat-round fruit. Green skin ripening to yellow mostly covered by a crimson red flush. Very crisp and juicy white flesh. Slightly tough skin. Good sweet flavour. The literature often refers to Fiesta being similar to (and a good substitute for) Cox. This is misleading. Fiesta is much sweeter and only displays a hint of the strong aromatic flavour of Cox. It is nevertheless an excellent dessert apple in its own right. It keeps very well retaining its crispness but tending to lose its flavour in storage.

Small, compact tree suitable for crodons and espaliers. Partially self-fertile and heavy cropping. A very good garden variety.



Main characteristics of Fiesta

Use Dessert
Colour Red
Flavour Sweet
Fruit size  Medium
Picking time  Late Sep
Season of use  Oct-Mar

Tree vigour  Small
Tree habit  Spreading
Fruit bearing  Spur-bearer
Cropping Heavy
Suitable for Late Frost
Northern Britain

Pollination date  14
Pollination group  D
Self fertility  Partially Self Fertile
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Parentage  Cox's Orange PippinIdared
Other names  Red Pippin