Fiesta apple trees

Fiesta apples
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Picking season: Late
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice

Fiesta is a relatively new English apple, developed in the 1970s but with a very traditional English style and flavor. Cox's Orange Pippin is one of its parents, and it has inherited the classic Cox aromatic sweet/sharp flavor. Visually it also looks the part, with the attractive orange flush so typical of traditional English apples.

Although primarily an eating apple, Fiesta produces an excellent sweet apple juice and this is a good way to deal with a surplus of apples. It can also be used as a substitute for Cox's Orange Pippin in apple cookery - slices keep their shape when cooked.

Unlike Cox's Orange Pippin, Fiesta also stores very well and remains firm and sweet - a quality it probably inherits from its other parent, the well-known American variety Idared.

Fiesta is grown commercially on a small-scale in the UK and France, sometimes marketed as Red Pippin. It is easy to grow and a reliable cropper, making it an excellent choice for the small orchard or for the garden.

How to grow

Fiesta is easy to grow and is an excellent substitute for Cox, inheriting much of the rich aromatic flavor - but few of the horticultural difficulties. Like Cox it prefers a cooler climate.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Fiesta was developed in the 1970s at the East Malling Research Station in Kent, UK. It is a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Idared. It is sometimes known as 'Red Pippin'.

Fiesta characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Aromatic
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Canker: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some resistance
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Frost resistance of blossom: Good resistance

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Orange flush
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Similar varieties

  • See also Cox's Orange Pippin
    Cox's Orange Pippin
    Cox is widely acknowledged as having the best flavour of any apple variety.
  • See also Kidd's Orange Red
    Kidd's Orange Red
    Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.
  • See also Rubinette
    Rubinette
    Considered by many to be the best-tasting apple ever, Rubinette has a perfect sweet / sharp flavour.