Heritage Apples


Do you know a Ribston Pippin from a Keswick Codlin?

People have been growing apples for centuries – developing thousands of apple varieties, each with their own unique taste and appearance. Sadly, many of these varieties have disappeared or are very rare.

Discover more about the rich history of apples, what the RHS is doing, and how you can help too.

Amazing apple facts

  • Fact 1Apples are a member of the rose family
  • Fact 2New apple leaves breaking through in spring were called ‘mouse ears’
  • Fact 3‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is not an old proverb. It is an American advertising slogan invented in 1904
  • Fact 4In the West Country, people used to pickle apples to keep them over the winter
  • Fact 5Apples with ‘Pippin’ in their name were originally seedlings found by chance

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.