Meridian is an excellent modern English dessert apple, and an excellent choice for the garden. It is unfortunately not that well known, and deserves to be more widely-planted.
Meridianis a cross between Cox's Orange Pippin and Falstaff, and inherits the best qualities of both varieties. Meridian is a notably juicy apple, typical of Falstaff (and other varieties descended from James Grieve).
The flavor is very good, with plenty of sweetness but a good balance of sharp acidity as well - this is a variety that will appeal to most tastes.
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Meridian is easy to grow, crops heavily, and has good disease resistance.
Developed at East Malling Research Station in Kent during the late 20th century as an alternative to Cox's Orange Pippin - which is one of its parents. However in many respects it is closer to its other parent, Falstaff.