This is a good firm eating apple with an interesting history and very specific geographical significance. Once, like many heirloom varieties, it was remarkably popular and enjoyed throughout Scotland; nowadays lost its fame and popularity. The Cambusnethan Pippin has been revived from obscurity and planted as a community initiative in the primary school in the village of Cambusnethan, and also in the Botanical Gardens of Glasgow.
It has a fresh aroma and a slightly hazelnut taste. It is a good firm apple with a good keeping quality. It probably originated at the Cambusnethan Monastery where it was known as ‘Cam’nethan Pippin’ – another suggested it was raised by Mr Paton, gardener at Cambusnethan House in 1750s. Either way, the Cambusnethan Pippin is of Clyde Valley origin where both the Priory and the aforementioned Primary school are in close proximity. This valley is very beautiful and special, with a micro-climate that made it particularly popular for growing fruits It is green with red striations and a noticeable flat top. It has a fresh, slightly nutty taste.
Available to grow as trees from Scottish Fruit Trees…not easy to source by the bag!