Laxton Apples are a large and important group that received their name from Thomas Laxton (1830-1890) who worked mainly on peas and strawberries until his sons began to experiment with apple breeding.
They produced thousands of cross-bred apples and a high proportion of them have retained the Laxton name. They bear a resemblance to the Coxes but are brighter with less striping and russeting. The texture is crisp and the flavour light.
Some of the better known Laxton’s include Laxton’s Fortune, which is a cross between Cox’s Orange Pippin and a Wealthy, produces a yellowish apple tinged with red; a mid-season variety that is sweet, juicy, and lightly aromatic.
and Laxton’s Superb
which are greenish yellow all-purpose apples partially covered with red. The flavour and texture are crisp, very juicy, tastingly sweet with just a hint of acidy.
and Laxton’s Epicure
are among the earlier varieties.