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Blossom of Apple 'Rival', early May. An Engish dessert apple bred by Charles Ross, head gardener at Welford Park Gardens, Newbury, Berkshire. "By the early 20th century 'Cox's Orange Pippin' was well-established as the premier English apple.  However it was not the easiest to grow, and many attempts were made to cross it with varieties which were easier to manage.  'Rival' is slightly unusual in that the other parent is 'Peasgood's Nonsuch', a well-regarded English cooking apple, which imparts good disease resistance and a much shaper flavour." www.orangepippin.com