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Nov 19, 2012 06:35 AM

Pippin Apples?

Whatever happened to Pippin Apples? Can't find these anymore.

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  1. Billy Bob Orchards, at the Tuesday and Saturday Berkeley farmers markets, has the best I've seen in a while. Hillview Farms at the Sunday Jack London market has I think two or three varieties of pippins.

    Berkeley Bowl and Monterey Market probably have them.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Berkeley Bowl West had them last week. Funny, they used to be the most common green apple available year round, but they got pushed out by Granny Smiths.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        I bought some tasty ones at the Bowl --today at $1.89 / lb for organic.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston

        For those further south, Billy Bob is also at the Mountain View farmer's market. Draeger's also usually has Pippins this time of year.


      3. if you're feeling adventurous, i went and picked some at swanton ranch last week, but the trees were starting to get pretty thin....

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        1. re: vulber

          Oh gosh. Newtown Pippins were my favorite apple when I was growing up. Then when I wasn't paying attention they seemed to disappear. Nice to know I can find them again. Currently I've been eating a lot of Pink Ladys, which are easily available at Berkeley Bown and Rockridge Market Hall. At least they have a similar level of tartness that I remember, along with the type of complexity missing in Granny Smiths (ick).

          1. re: PegS

            The Granny Smiths that first came in from New Zealand in the late 60s or early 70s were delicious. I think the problem with domestic ones is that they pick them unripe.

        2. Gizdich Farms in Watsonville has them. The various apple vendors at Farmers Markets also seem to have pippins.