Fiesta

(red)


Cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and Idared at East Malling in Kent.  RHS commendation in 1987.

Flat/round to round/conical, shaped like a Cox – sometimes known as the Red Cox.  Round and regular, usually slightly lopsided.
Basically orange with a deep red flush, more speckly on the shaded side. Short stripes merging into the flush.  Lenticels inconspicuous pale dots.

Cavity deep, fairly wide and brown russet lined. Can be lipped.
Stalk long, slender and to one side.
Basin medium to shallow depth and width, skin pleated into Eye.
Eye closed or slightly open but fairly large.
Sepals short, flattish, convergent
Flesh yellow tinge. Very crisp and juicy.  Sanders says ‘sweet  with a tang’ which is a good description.

Tube funnel, Stamens marginal, Core axile

Tree vigorous, upright spreading, spur bearers.  Sanders says partially self fertile.  Fruit requires thinning for good sized fruit.

Flowering two days after Cox’s Orange Pippin  Pollination Group D


Season : late October to January, will store into the New Year.